The American Federation of Teachers has released a lengthy report highlighting the steps they believe necessary to reopen schools.
The report blends input from educators and healthcare workers, and serves in absence of a vaccine.
“I’m not saying that this is the be all and end all, this has to be a living document. People are going to have more ingenious ideas but this was a way to plan for this coming school year where we reopen carefully and responsibly,” AFT President Randi Weingarten said.
He noted that solutions for schools will likely vary building by building, and even include variations by room in some of them.
Here are some of the core suggestions:
– Class sizes of 12-15 students;
– Split scheduling so that students are not at a site every day;
– Limiting the number of visitors to schools;
– Modify transportation for staggered arrival times at varying locations around a building; and
– Create portable classrooms, or find additional space if schools are overcrowded.