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School in COVID times: 1st week

Weekly Review

Albert Einstien

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

— Albert Einstein

1 week of school completion happened on Friday 1:15 pm. A lot of unusual yet essential things happen during this week. I will share my experience this week.

🏫School’s mission: prevent COVID🦠

Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) announced the closure of many activities on 12th March such as:

  • Schools, colleges, and childcare facilities close
  • Cultural institutions closed
  • Indoor gatherings of more than 100 people should be canceled
  • Outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people should be canceled
  • People should continue to go to work, but those who can work from home should do so
  • Shops, cafes, and restaurants to stay open

From 12th March till Schools re-opening 1st September, Education institutions had a lot of time for understanding, planning, preparing, and executing COVID-measures. Institutions had to sanitize the whole building, install hand sanitizing vending machines for each room. Formulating ideas to prevent mass gatherings during break/lunchtime. I’d say my college faired well.

😲Major Changes

The changes were not surprising, rather it was expected or predictable to say the least. Some of the changes were:

  • 🧼Hand Sanitizer Manual Machines in every classroom
  • 🪑Square tables for each student
    1. One meter apart from the other table
  • 🚪Students must sanitize their hands and only then, enter the classroom
  • 🌱Base classrooms
  • 🚧Designated common areas (to sit and eat during break time) for each Year
  • 😷Compulsory to wear Wear Face Masks or face visors

👩‍🏫Class Tutors

Having a lot of information to pass to the pupils, Portlaoise College came up with the concept called

“Class Tutoring for 2 hours from 9 am to 11 am.”

Portlaoise College, Secondary-School;

Each forum was designated with one class tutor. The class tutor’s primary role is to explain the rules and guidelines of the COVID-measure. The secondary role was to make students feel better, by discussing with students about how they spend their holidays? What new things did they learn? All that sort of Jazz. I liked the concept because of two main reasons:

Free class is big reflief, when those subjects are brain teasers. According to my Time Table, the first two periods I had challenging subjects like French, Maths, Techincal graphics (artichetual drawing). Class Tutoring overided the first two periods, therfore I didn’t worry about those subject for this week

Disscusion among the class was classy yet orginal way to I felt this composed all the students

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