Sun | Jul 5, 2020

Enforcing social distancing in schools

Published:Monday | June 1, 2020 | 12:15 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

I STRONGLY feel that come this September, social distancing in schools will be a huge challenge because of the small classroom sizes. The building of more schools not possible due to money and time constraints. Some schools will have to go back to the shift system if they want to have more classroom spaces.

Also the schools could look at creating classrooms in tents on school compounds. If some schools don’t have space on the premises for tents, they could use the space on vacant lands to do so . The schools could also use the many churches during the week for their classes.

Another practical solution for most schools that don’t want to go back to the shift system is, they could extend the school week to Saturdays so as to let students go to school three days in the week. Or, let one set of students go to school for a week and put them on break the other week, to make way for another set of students to come to school.

Seriously speaking, some subjects would have to be set aside and use some of those teachers to enforce social distancing in classes. One teacher alone can’t enforce social distancing.

TEDDYLEE GRAY

Ocho Rios, St Ann

teddylee.gray@gmail.com