Apparently, schools are going to look a lot like prison camps.
This is another example of how things will not just "go back to normal." Everything is changing, including life for our children.
Here are the guidelines one school has laid out.
Schools in Quebec, Canada are reopening on May 19th and one school released its guidelines. This list was submitted by a parent to the Facebook page, Kate for Education. The school was not named for the privacy of the parent. (All emphasis is mine.)
Now if you're saying to yourself, "This is in Canada. There's no way this nonsense will happen here in America," I urge you to remember that the lockdown restrictions in Canada are far less stringent than those in the United States. Look around at the ridiculous rules we already have like stores choosing what items are essential for us to buy. Then tell me "It can't happen here."
Here are those reopening guidelines.
To minimize movement, we forecast assigning students to classes nearest the Berlin Street entrance (on all 3 floors if needed only);
Once assigned to a class, students will spend their entire day (including lunchtime) in their assigned seats;
Students must expect to be regrouped based on the number of students returning;
Students must not expect to return to their regular class with their classmates;
Your child may not be with the same teachers as before as several members of our staff will not be returning to school;
Teachers not returning to school will continue working and keeping close contact with students remotely from home as recommended by the government;
Activities completed while in school will not be evaluated or graded;
No physical materials will be transported back and forth between home & school;
Students must include a mini garbage and recycling bag with their lunch in order to collect their personal garbage and dispose of it at home;
All students must bring in their personal, labeled, and filled water bottle as water fountains won't be available;
Sharing of ALL items (pencils, pens, sharpeners, wax crayons, rulers, toys) is not permitted;
When weather permits, recess breaks will be held outdoors and will entail of walking outside safely distanced from one another in a prearranged pattern;
Gatherings (groups of students together) will not be permitted;
Limited travel throughout the school by all during the day;
Bathroom visits will be monitored/escorted so that proper disinfection by our caretakers can follow before another student uses the facilities;
As per government recommendations, masks and gloves will not be provided;
Students are certainly welcomed to bring these items from home. They are also invited to carry their own personal disinfecting wipes with them if they wish;
Lockers will no longer be used. Students will place their spring/summer jackets behind the chair they will be using & their school bags under their assigned desks;
There will be no cafeteria service or Home & School pizza & frozen yogurt days.
There will be no physical activity taking place in the gym, no art classes (although art and craft projects can be promoted as home suggestions), no library periods, and no drama classes;
No fundraisers or after school activities will take place;
Parent volunteers will not be permitted in school;
We recommend your child brings a book or two of interest from home to read;
Students with fever or flu-like symptoms will be returned home.