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Back to School Safety Tips for Administrators During COVID-19

08/21/2020

Largely, K-12 schools in the U.S. have chosen to reopen with varying modes of instruction: distance, hybrid, blended and in-person (traditional). Regardless of how your school’s students will meet in the classroom this fall, here are a few back to school safety tips for administrators navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

6 school safety tips for administrators

1. Know the signs of COVID-19. These include, but are not limited, to:

  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever (note that although some schools are recommending daily temperature readings, fever is a late symptom of COVID-19, meaning a chance of asymptomatic spread)

2. Educate staff, students and their families about COVID-19 symptoms. Send reminders to monitor everyone in their households for symptoms, and to not send children to school or out in public if they or anyone in the family exhibits even the very mildest of symptoms of COVID-19. Do not assume it is allergies or a simple cold.

3. Wear a mask if meeting in-person. The CDC recommends that face coverings be worn by staff and students – particularly older ones – all day at school. Masks are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult.

4. Reinforce everyday precautions. Talk to students about what they can do to prevent catching or spreading COVID-19. Masks, handwashing, and physical distancing are strategies that must be used together to decrease the spread to keep students, their parents and teachers safe.

5. Advocate for daily contact between students. Regardless of your school’s fall learning environment, sudden school cancellations and social isolation has taken a massive toll on student physical and mental wellbeing. It’s important for students to have contact with their friends and teachers to feel supported – even if it’s virtually. Here are a few resources about how to prioritize student mental health.

6. Encourage staff self-care. The challenges and stresses that teachers face during the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented. To continue supporting their students, educators must first be able to take care of themselves. Resilient Educator has created a toolkit for teachers to use to support students, parents, and themselves.

Prepare for any learning environment with Impero Education Pro

For many schools, the abrupt transition to online learning in the spring left little time to plan a strategy that could adequately meet every student’s needs. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s how quickly things can change for your school. Schools should make sure they’re prepared for any learning environment during the 2020-21 school year.

Impero can help facilitate productive online learning environments in a few ways:

  • Robust classroom management and teaching tools for teachers to see screens and take control of student Chromebooks and other devices.
  • Improves communication between teachers and students, and allows staff to focus on students who may be struggling.
  • Supports school technical teams with remote control tools to troubleshoot problems in socially distant or offsite environments.
  • Helps to enforce digital citizenship and safe device usage, even when students aren’t on campus.

Impero Education Pro combines online safety, network management and classroom control tools into a single, powerful cross-platform product suite, designed to enhance learning, support IT teams and keep students safe in the digital world. Learn more by booking a demo below.

The CDC has released official guidelines to prepare K-12 school administrators for a safe return to school in fall 2020. Read them here.

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