Changes in the Classroom
- Desks/tables are configured with the maximum physical distancing possible.
- In order to maintain physical distancing to the greatest degree possible, physical contact needs to be avoided whenever possible.
- Supplies should no longer be shared except if necessary, such as in a science lab. Supplies should only be shared if they are able to be disinfected between uses.
- Procedures for switching classes to limit contact have been decided by building. Staff are monitoring halls and no congregating is permitted.
- Staff may arrange desks to encourage collaboration while adhering to the physical distancing guidelines.
- Small groups and 1:1
- Masks, face shield when close.
- Use of plexiglass barrier - face mask must remain on.
- Staff members have received a face shield and a desk divider barrier for small groups or individual student discussion.
- In certain circumstances, face shields for student interaction may be warranted, such as when teaching phonics or speech, a foreign language or with someone who is hearing impaired or has another disability, where an accommodation is appropriate or necessary.
Teacher Desks and Table Dividers
Summit County Public Health and Akron Children's Hospital do not endorse the use of desk dividers as a first line barrier of defense against the spread of COVID-19. The dividers do not contain droplets from spreading above or from the sides of the units. However, the Operations Committee field tested various dividers as an additional layer of defense in combination with a mask. The field test concluded that there are significant drawbacks to using the dividers on every desk. The borders of the dividers obstructed the students' field of vision, and/or the materials were not clear and impaired the field of vision. In some circumstances, sound was also reduced. The Committee recommended that some tri-fold desk barriers be purchased for each building for use during activities that might take place away from tables or desks. In addition, larger plexiglass dividers have been placed in classrooms where students or teachers must interact at a physical distance of fewer than 6 feet, such as for speech or phonics, where it is critical for students to see facial expressions.