WHO recommendations for a safe return to school

Among the advice proposed by the WHO for a safe return to school, distancing measures such as maintaining a meter between desks, creating hand washing schedules, taking the temperature, disinfecting daily, staggered recess, promoting tele school or teaching classes stand out. fresh air.

Everything seems to indicate that, in mid-September, if the evolution of the Covid 19 allows it, the educational centers will open their doors to start the new 2020/2021 school year. However, today, there are many questions that are being raised about the prevention aspects that schools must take into account so that the return to the classroom occurs safely.

Given the concern of the educational community, parents and students, one issue is already indisputable: students will return to classes in a very different way from how they have returned to school in previous years and, both children and schools, will have to adopt new standards and security protocols.

But, what will be these new basic measures that schools must establish to avoid a regrowth? While the Minister of Education Isabel Celaá suggests that only half of the pupils return to school in September, the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with UNICEF, has published a report to guide Schools on the prevention and control of COVID-19 in schools, which from Camacho -school uniforms- we tell you.

The document Considerations for school-related public health measures in the context of Covid-19 (Considerations for School-Related Public Health Measures in the Context of Covid-19), an annex to its general public health considerations in this new de-escalation context

WHO divides its recommendation guide into three parts. On the one hand, the daily practices that would have to be carried out. Second, social distancing. And finally, the treatment of sick students or staff.

Daily practices

The first block of WHO recommendations focuses on four areas:

  • AWARENESS Children should know all the details of the disease, its transmission mode and what to do if any symptoms are noticed. It should be advised to greet without contact.
  • HYGIENE It is recommended to establish schedules for hand washing. Especially for younger children. Schools are advised to have enough hydroalcoholic gel or soap and water throughout the center. Logically, this section includes cleaning and disinfection of the center on a daily basis, paying special attention to surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION Only one child per seat separated by one meter apart, so they recommend expanding the fleet. And, if possible, keep the bus windows open.
  • VENTILATE THE CLASSROOMS thus avoiding closed places.

Distancing

In the distancing block, the WHO recommends:

  • SEPARATE THE PUPITRES ONE METER. For this, the number of teachers could be increased in order to have fewer children per classroom. Or extend the hours of secondary education, to take shifts during the day.
  • ONLINE EDUCATION
  • OUTDOOR CLASSES.
  • STAGED RECREATION, to prevent all the children from going out to the playground at the same time. As well as separate access for students and teachers.
  • AVOID CLOUDS AT THE EXIT and make sure that grandparents do not come.
  • SEPARATE ACCESS FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS.

Sick

Finally, the WHO elaborates some prevention advice or in case of detecting a Covid-19 patient in the school center.

  • TAKE THE TEMPERATURE of students and visits.
  • STAY HOME IF EVIL IS FOUND.
  • CONTROL OF STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH A CASE.
  • DO NOT REQUIRE MEDICAL JUSTIFICATION TO STAY AT HOME.

From the WHO they also remember to be attentive to the symptoms to be able to intervene as soon as possible. All for a safe return to normal life.

The question that remains now in the air is Are our students and schools prepared for this step? Will schools then be ready to start classes within the so-called “new normal” in September?

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