Thought you might like to know that, just this week, the Texas Medical Association came out with a risk assessment scale from one to nine for 36 activities, including:
- Getting restaurant take-out or going grocery shopping: 2
- Going for a walk/run/bike ride or staying at a hotel: 3
- Sitting in a doctor’s waiting room or walking in a busy downtown: 4
- Shopping at the mall or sending kids to school, camp, or day care: 5
- Swimming in a public pool or going to a hair salon: 6
- Eating inside a restaurant or hugging/shaking hands: 7
- Working out in a gym or going to a movie theater: 8
- Attending a religious service with 500+ or going to a bar: 9
Meanwhile, as superintendents weigh their reopening options–outlined in last week’s post–they’re also considering safety measures to put in place once students have been dropped off. With a nod to Education Week’s Madeline Will, these include:
- To avoid the morning rush into schools, students use different entrances; staggered arrival times are in place, with floors marked with tape for physically distant line-ups.
- Lockers remain off limits, with more textbooks online to lessen backpack loads.
- To keep desks six feet apart, removing such furnishings as bookshelves, with partitions to further separate desks.
- To minimize movement, kids stay put, core subject teachers move from class to class, with electives offered entirely online.
- To avoid the sharing of pencils, crayons, etc., kids bring their own supplies, with schools providing them for financially strapped families.
- Virtual reality sessions and simulations replace in-lab experiments, and/or teachers do the experiments while students observe. Some suggest kids do assigned experiments at home despite potential risks/problems.
- Cafeterias used as classrooms instead of lunchrooms, with pre-packaged meals served in individual classrooms, no serving lines required.
- Staggered recess times.
- All extracurricular activities cancelled.
Think such steps will ensure the safety of students and staff?
With my thanks, Carol