A few days before the start of the new school year, the rules of going back to school in Spain have resulted in more frequent hand washing, classroom ventilation, as well as the use of mandatory masks from primary school. However, the recommended ratio in classrooms will not be reduced, from an average of 20 or more children per classroom, while in any other meeting in Spain the capacity would be limited to 10 people. School directors and teachers are forced to seek solutions with the responsibility of accommodating students of any stage with a safe distance as best as possible in classes that do not have the capacity to do so.
They are especially concerned about the bubble group or stable coexistence group in childhood stages in which children will not even have a mask or social distance. In all cases outside of school, these children do not live alone but with their families or caregivers, with which the group will be extended to all people with whom the children have contact outside of school hours, transmitting a possible contagion into or out the school. In addition to the possible contact that students have even from the same school in extracurricular activities, recess or other parts of the facilities.
The measures varied according to the place, in other countries they have chosen:
USA: The measures and schedules depending on the cities in a country in which the schooling of children is not compulsory and children can be educated from their homes.
It will depend on the cities, so in New York they are opting for semi-face-to-face classes, alternating face-to-face classes with others online to accommodate fewer children with a safe distance, in other cities such as Chicago the online mode has been opted for.
Norway: In Scandinavian countries, schooling is not compulsory until age 7. In Norway, the number of students per classroom has been limited to 15. Norwegian schools have been classified into three levels with three lights: green, yellow or red light. The red light allows them to lower the ratio and schedules. The yellow light allows to change the measures of social distancing and the green light allows them to act normally.
Iceland: Social distance prevails in one of the countries with the fewest inhabitants and with groups of 5 children per teacher in their classes. In addition, in these countries, spending the most time outdoors in their schools prevails and they go to school compulsory from the age of 7.
France: Mandatory mask from 11 years old in schools and greater disinfection.
Charlie Hebdo, one of the most critical French magazines, wonders if the children will finish school this year with the following cover: