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For a desk in a hat

The start of the new school year in many countries coincided with the second wave of coronavirus incidence. Schools are now adopting new tricks to avoid repeated pauses in children’s education.

Thus, the German Association of Philologists, responsible for the educational process in Germany, presented new standards for conducting lessons in the autumn-winter period. It is assumed that due to the constant airing, children will have to sit at their desks … in hats and scarves.

According to Spiegel online, the new government guidelines for schools (as well as all businesses and offices) call for “cross-ventilation” with a draft every 20 minutes. It is assumed that such a measure will reduce the “viral load” in classrooms. But what about after the onset of cold weather? According to the head of the Association, Suzanne Lin-Klitzing, “sweaters, scarves, hats and blankets should become essential accessories for pupils and students.” Parents are offered to dress their children according to the “principle of cabbage” – so that during the lesson they can always warm themselves up, and then take off the excess.

Meanwhile, in Vienna, where they rely on mass testing of teachers and schoolchildren (up to 14 years old – with parental consent), mobile mobile teams have been introduced. Until now, a hail of reproaches rained down on local schools for the chaotic organization of revealing the “crown” within the walls of educational institutions, the Austrian portal VOL.AT notes. Too much time passes from the first suspicions to the tests and the results. To prevent the threat of quarantine from hanging over schools with the sword of Damocles, the local authorities launched a pilot project involving four operational teams of doctors who come to school calls with all the equipment and a set of tests. They can take tests from 300 people per day, and the results become known within 24 hours.

Schools do not want to pause in learning, and therefore go to tricks from warm clothes in ventilated classrooms to outdoor lessons

By the way, one of the Viennese schools found itself in the center of a scandal. As it became known to the local media, after confirming the covid at once from two students who had previously been engaged in a general physical education lesson, the whole class was quarantined. At the same time, the children were sent home … by public transport. “And after that we are still surprised that the numbers of infections are growing,” – parents are indignant in the chat.

In Britain, due to the pandemic, many schools, obeying the order of the authorities, have transferred open days to online format. For the parents of children who are finishing the “beginning”, it was a blow. After all, right now they already need to decide in which secondary school their child will continue their education. And if earlier the British could personally visit the educational institutions they liked and see with their own eyes all their pros and cons, now it remains to be content with only virtual tours, and communicate with teachers via a webcam. Some educational institutions still allow parents into their walls – only when there is almost no one inside and strictly in small groups, observing a social distance.

In general, the resolution of the authorities on the observance of the distance forced many schools to really sophistication, often in a bad way. So, for example, at the English school Lod Heath, parents were told that their children would have breakfast and lunch on the street in autumn and winter, regardless of the weather outside. In addition, in many institutions across the country, parents and school leaders are arguing about whether or not to allow children to sit in classrooms in warm outerwear during cold weather. After all, the premises for classes, according to the order of the authorities, must be constantly ventilated.

And in the United States, they decided to completely go “beyond the scope” of the decree on the compulsory airing of classrooms and move the lessons … to the street. They are actively doing this, for example, in schools in the southern state of Utah, where outdoor classes are held in various subjects – from chemistry to English. Many teachers and their students are happy with this practice: you no longer need to be nervous that you are locked in a room with other people. In addition, many teachers began to notice an increase in students’ creativity. For outdoor activities, school leaders use every square meter of their territory – often lessons are held in parking lots or basketball courts under the shadow of a large tent, and desks replace tables borrowed from the dining room.