We know, we know—summer’s here for kids in the United States, but did you know that in many parts of the world, June is the start of the school year? That’s because summer occurs at different times of the year for other countries. How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect their reopening? Let’s take a look at what’s happening around the world.
Schools recently reopened in South Korea, and they’re using dividers between desks to keep students safe. Every child’s temperature is checked before entering school, and masks are mandatory. Students also receive hand sanitizer and masks when they enter their schools. However, due to a spike in cases, some schools have decided to close again.
Students in Germany administer tests on themselves every four days, which can earn them a sticker to roam freely without a mask at school if they test negative. Not all schools have adopted this policy, but some schools are using other measures to stay safe, like one-way hallways and spaced-out desks to prevent spreading the virus.
Schools in Vietnam also require masks and social distancing, but many parts of Vietnam don’t have access to running water, which means the standard rule of handwashing for twenty seconds is hard to follow in some communities.
The New Zealand government has given parents a choice: For those who felt that the May 14th start date of school was too soon, they can choose a slower transition for their kids to start school.
What safety measures do you think your school will have when it reopens? What are you hoping for? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts!