When and above all how will our children and young people return to class? What will be the provisions to follow?
When and above all how will our children and young people return to class? What will be the provisions to follow? Between masks and social distancing, schools are preparing to reopen their doors. But the Ministry's definitive guidelines are still missing.
After months of school closure and distance learning, students and teachers will finally be able to return to class in September. Schools are expected to reopen on September 1st for recovery, while lessons are scheduled to begin on September 14th. But everything is still to be decided.
How will schools guarantee compliance with containment measures and at the same time ensure quality teaching? Between doubts and concerns, the school year 2020-2021 promises to be full of challenges for the world of education.
There has been much discussion between the Ministry and the regions about the reopening date of the schools. At the moment it seems that the choice is to use the first two weeks of September for recoveries aimed at students who have been promoted despite the insufficiencies. There would be no room, however, for the integration of learning initially hypothesized for all students to consolidate what has been studied in these months of distance learning. The start of the school year is scheduled for September 14 and schools await MIUR guidelines as soon as possible to know how to behave.
The security protocol
If the contagion data continue to fall, the obligation to wear the mask for teachers, pupils and school staff should apply only in travel and in common places: once you arrive at your desk or desk, you can remove the mask for the whole the duration of the lessons.
As far as spacing is concerned, an arrangement of the desks is studied which provides two square meters for each student, with the teacher forced to remain in the chair without going around the desks.
It also assesses the possibility of entry and exit at different times to avoid gatherings and a reduction in school hours.
The consequences on teaching
The Covid-19 emergency forced schools to face new challenges: distance learning was initially a "necessary evil", but as the months passed, new potentials emerged which could be treasured even when the face-to-face teaching.
Technology, for example, has finally become a familiar tool even in the world of school, eliminating the inconsistency that saw boys and girls use smartphones, tablets and PCs for all aspects of life excluding school experience. Furthermore, the video lesson, which has now become a habit, could be preserved to free up time in the classroom for laboratory learning and participated by passing the frontal lesson in favor of the flipped classroom.
All this could have positive consequences also for students with DSA: of course the risk of having to give up group work is concrete, given the need to guarantee the distance, but teachers and students will be called once again to find alternative and creative ways to ensure that everyone can learn with their own ways and times.
As the motto of Redooc says, we are all Special Educational Needs and personalized teaching is the best way for a school that really knows how to enhance skills, not only for pupils with Specific Learning Disorders, but for everyone!