Demark has implemented its “phase 1” strategy to reopen, which includes sending some kids back to school.
Here’s what we can learn from one of the first countries in Europe to test the waters of getting “back to normal.”
As part of the “phase 1” reopening strategy, the youngest students (up to the fifth grade) are returning to school, according to an announcement by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.
However, schools must meet certain requirements to protect students and staff. Under the regulation:
- students must be split into smaller classes
- students must be able to wash their hands immediately after arriving, and at least every two hours thereafter, and
- schools must clean contact surfaces (such as sinks, toilets, doorknobs, light switches, etc.) at least twice per day.
Schools must also take measures to promote social distancing in the classroom, including moving desks so they are about 6 feet apart and ensuring students are not working in groups of more than two.
Schools are also keeping kids outside as much as possible and must take measures to promote social distancing on the playground, such as splitting schoolyards into sections with tape. Teachers must make sure that students are not playing in groups of more than five while outside.
Children are also given rules designed to keep them healthy and safe, including washing their hands frequently, keeping their hands to themselves and not sharing food or drinks. One thing kids aren’t doing: wearing masks.
We’ll keep you posted.