social distancing for schools

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floor stickers for social distancing, a new normal for schools

The coronavirus has turned the world literally on its head. The impact felt across society has been huge and the impact on our nation, our children and education have been enormous. You probably did not need me to tell you this?

The impact on the education sector and learners has been massive. As we plan a return for children and students we will need to adjust to the new normal and get our schools, academies and universities ready and safe to return to.

We have now seen the efforts of supermarkets to introduce social distancing measures in their stores, and the increased use of social distancing products including floor stickers, but how will this affect your school and place of education.

It’s safe to say that students have not been exposed to this “new normal” as of yet.

We speak from personal experience here, its pretty hard to get children and teenagers to do the weekly shop normally, so it’s unlikely they have seen the inside of a Tesco in the last 6 weeks!

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1. think about it, hard

We are now aware of what is required of us, reduce contact with each other, keep two meters apart and stay home if we are unwell. But how do we manage this at schools and in the education sector? Just plastering the staffroom with a generic social distancing sign might work, but every school needs to assess their own risks. What is the point of putting social distancing floor stickers in areas where the students are if you can’t keep your staff safe and distanced? Also, what’s the point of putting up stickers that a year two student can’t read?

Where your staff sit, where the students sit, where parents arrive, the coffee machine, the kettle, fridge, toilets, corridors, lifts, small offices, seating – EVERYTHING, canteens and dining halls. Our advice is literally to walk from the front door to the fire exits and do a full top to bottom risk assessment.

Here is a free risk assessment download, that whilst it is for the industry, is equally applicable to the education sector

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2. reduce the risk, stop the spread

Obviously if you can reduce the risk of cross-infection it needs to be done, to do this you’ll need to do a full risk assessment (I feel your pain here, trust me). We have provided a free Covid 19 Risk assessment form for you to download and enable you to go through your school and work out the risks and then measure these. If you can’t control it, you need to manage it.

Can you isolate your team, schools, canteen, year groups, do you have some years in and not others? A cough guard can help protect your reception staff, but it’s not going to work in a sports hall.

3. if it’s not obvious you need a social distancing sign

What you think might be obvious as you do your risk assessment, might not be obvious to a member of staff, and certainly won’t be to a visitor or a student. If you can’t isolate a risk area you need to think about making sure everyone is aware of the risk. This is where floor stickers, social distancing products or an informational sign come into play. They are easy to fit, safe to use and easily available from our online store.

4. a social distancing sign is just the start

Training your staff is relatively easy (relatively), and reaffirming this with social distancing floor stickers, helps to remind everyone of the need, but it won’t be enough.

Set up a team within the school and give them a clear remit, make this written, get it agreed and get it on notice boards or your internal network. Getting the staff and management to support this programme and let’s be honest here, this isn’t optional, it’s mandatory, we are literally talking about peoples lives.

Once they identify risks and areas where notices are needed and best practice needs to be observed, print off some social distancing signs and some safety signs and get them up.

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5. social distancing floor stickers, the public and parents

If training your staff is a challenge, this is nothing compared to training parents and students when they arrive back for school.

Supermarkets have used social distancing floor stickers to a great effect, people are aware of risk, and will be looking for it, but you can’t expect your students to know how many people you want in your classroom, dining hall or office at any one time, how many students in a lift at once, where to queue or where they can or can’t sit, you have to tell them.

Get floor stickers for social distancing, directional floor stickers, roller banners or whatever media you decide to choose and place these at every point of risk identified in your risk assessment.

6. it’s not that bad, take heart

Anyone who has tried to implement procedures in the staff room and has struggled to do so, take heart. We are not talking about a “please wash your cup up” memo here, this is a serious matter and it affects us all. Your team and people will comply, they are professionals and are doing a job that already makes a huge difference to people’s lives.

A well-marked out school or college with social distancing floor stickers, signs, partitions and other products will greatly reduce the risk to both your team and kids, students and members of the public. Most people will get it, you will need to manage it, but if everyone works at it, we will all get used to living and working with the new normal.

7. ask an expert

We can hardly claim to have years of experience in this field as until 6 weeks ago this wasn’t even a field anyone had experience in, but we have got experience in working in industry for 25+ years at a senior level. We have got a better knowledge of what products will work and which won’t for you. We are a commercial business, we don’t deny this, but we want to better understand your challenges and we want to help you keep everyone safe, we are more than happy to come to you and help you with your risk assessment, or meet up and discuss over a video call.

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If you want to look for ideas and products that WILL help you have a look at the product range here,   and see if it will help you? 

We are people and prefer to talk, so if you want to talk this through or feel we’ve have missed something, please give us a call on 01480 594777, or we are    happy to chat and engage over email at hello@motivegraphics.co.uk.

David Hennessy

David Hennessy

David Hennessy is the Managing Director of Motive Graphics, based in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. He did not do very well at English, so apologies if grammatically this is not perfect and has a few typographic errors.

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