With the imminent reopening of schools, it’s important to set up your interiors so that they’re safe and practical. Finding the balance between the two will reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ensure students receive the best possible education.
In this blog, we look at some of the things you can do to achieve the desired outcome. With reference to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the government guidelines, we guide you on the safest solutions while offering our expertise on school space design.
From classroom configurations to school furniture options, you will find plenty of tips here.
Read on to learn more and get ready for the great return!
To prevent this from happening, WHO advises that schools open windows to let out the bad air. If your classroom has fixed windows, then another option is to improve ventilation through mechanical means.
While it’s not nice to broach this subject, poor hygiene and ventilation in school washroom facilities can lead to the spread of coronavirus. This is because coronavirus has been traced in stool samples, meaning harmful particles can float in the air when a toilet is flushed.
As mentioned in the previous point, you can prevent particles from circulating by opening windows and implementing a ventilation system. It will also help to create signs that tell students to put the toilet lid down when flushing.
There’s no harm in carrying out a toilet refurbishment at this time either. This will encourage students to respect the interiors and keep them clean and tidy.
We create fantastic school washroom refurbishments!
While the set up will seem old fashioned to children used to relaxed settings, the advice is likely to be reiterated to curb infection rates under current guidelines for social distance space planning in schools and offices.
In addition to adapting the school desk configuration, consider creating a teacher-only zone.
This is off limits to students so that teachers can pass on their knowledge without the worry of contracting COVID-19. A simple piece of tape on the floor will do the trick or an acrylic desk screen.
By taking these simple measures, you can make a big difference in reducing the spread of infection. Parents will also rest assured knowing that their children are being educated in a safe environment.
When you bought your educational furniture, it’s unlikely you took into account if it was suitable for a global pandemic.
Now, it may be the case that you’re in the market for something more appropriate.
By bringing in some adaptable school furniture, you’ll be able to set when the students return.
You can also use this as an opportunity to get rid of any old desks that are covered in gum and graffiti!
If so, here are a few ideas:
Nowadays, you can find ultra-flexible school furniture like lightweight folding desks with wheels. These allow you to easily customise your classroom and increase space efficiency.
Moveable school partitions
You can also get wheelable partition screens that enable you to separate spaces. This means you can create classroom “bubbles” and ensure other students know when an area is off limits.
Modular seating is easy to break apart and reconfigure, which is especially useful during this time. One smart idea is to introduce a modular sofa in the staffroom, as it can be broken up into individual chairs to comply with social distancing rules.
Make the School Reception Safe
When your school re-opens, the reception area is likely to be extremely busy.
With lots of parents, children and guests passing through, it’s essential that the area is fit for purpose.
Remember, a school reception area is often a place where first impressions are made.
Therefore, making it safe will show that you are taking the necessary steps in reducing the spread of infection.
Here are some things you can introduce take to make it safer:
First of all, ensure the reception desk is set up with a protective screen. If you’ve got an open counter, consult a school refurbishment company that can supply and fit an attachable screen. If your reception is a hatch, install glass and consider printing school badge manifestation for an added touch.
Introduce a modular sofa that can be broken up into single chairs for social distancing. When life returns to normal, you can turn this back into a sofa.
Sanitiser and posters
Add hand sanitiser at the point of entry and educate visitors with posters. The posters should include information on social distancing rules, mask-wearing procedures and what to do if they feel ill.
Working With a Specialist School Refurbishment Contractor
Working with a specialist education fit out contractor will ensure the process of making your school safe and COVID-secure is smooth, stress-free and will deliver an outstanding interior design result.
We not only have vast experience in conducting education fit outs and refurbishments across the UK, but have been working with a number of schools during the pandemic to create safe and practical learning environments.
By making well-informed design decisions now, you can create a space that’s safe and practical for present and future students. Indeed, you should look at this as an opportunity to make changes for the long term, as this will make the money you spend seem more like an investment rather than a temporary fix.
Whatever changes you decide to make, we wish you the best of luck with your school return. By reading this blog, you’re already on the right track to making it a success!
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