Coronavirus is challenging the existence of humanity. The God of Death is knocking the door at every corner of the world. The fear of death is slowing general human activities, business, entertainment, and even education. The temples, as well as the temples of education, are constantly shutting down due to fear and precaution.
Now, the question is how we deal with this macabre. Is it possible to shut down our activities and institution permanently? How will we face and fight this devastating challenge? What will be the role of school and teachers in current formidable conditions?
Schools are the nursery of humanity. This is the place where humanity gets nourishment and nutrition for survival. The responsibility of schools becomes rather important because they are responsible to craft and make future generations strong enough to face all kinds of challenges and problems.
What will be the role of schools?
Schools cannot abstract themselves from this calamity. The responsibility of schools folded many times in this era as they have expertise and experience to convince and craft human brains. So, awareness and training is the responsibility of schools. This will be two dimensional that is training to face and fight the spread and second awareness about the nature and symptoms of it.
How schools execute the battle against Coronavirus?
It is true schools can serve as ideal places for germs to spread but it does not mean that closure of schools is the only tool and method to fight with this continuous disease. Secondly, the reason for closing schools has less to do with preventing the spread of coronavirus among children (who aren't hit hard by the virus), and more to do with preventing the spread to parents, grandparents, teachers, and adult staff, who may be at risk for more serious infections.
The main advocating thing in support of school closure is the curious and pretty vendor nature of the children that can be a cause of rapid explore of the virus among other people but it is also equally true that restricting children never work to limit the spread of the virus.
What school suppose to do?
The enclosure is the worse and temporary solution that should opt at last. The ultimate and targeted solution is training and awareness. As children are also the vendor of many good habits, so developing good habits and hygiene will be very helpful in comparison to closing schools.
How to train and aware?
Separate classes to explain the reason and medium of spread to the student with the help of advance and smart classrooms will be a great help.
A routine practice of hygiene and other practices like games period, physical education classes will be trained and make students habituated to good hygienic practices.
Audio-video representation of the adverse effect of the disease is also mentally trained student to fight with the virus spread.
Explaining students the following (government and who prescribed) reasons, symptoms and precautions to fight with infection can pretty much helpful to limit the spread of this global calamity.
Means of spread:
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Steps to protect yourself
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
Steps to protect others
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider's office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Conclusion: students are good learners as well as the marvelous bearer of good habits and practices. Let them contribute also to stop this massacring disease.