As the start of the 2020-21 school year approaches, there are still many tough decisions that need to be made for states and school district administrators as we deal with the pandemic. However those decisions may fall, there is more and more guidance around what facility managers and school building operators should do to create the safest physical environments possible for students and staff. In this post, we’ll share some of the guidance we have been learning. Disclaimer: This is not a “be all, end all” list, but rather just some helpful strategies for the folks in charge of managing and maintaining school grounds.
Space preparation and strategies
Our first area of interest comes from the NEA, around how to create safe spaces once students and faculty are in your building. As building managers, you will be part of the solution in terms of how to effectively set up the spaces inside of the school buildings as safely as possible. Here are some suggestions from their recent guidance report.
Steps to improve air quality and safety
Because the coronavirus is transmitted primarily as an airborne virus, having a beefed-up HVAC strategy is critical. Increased ventilation is a proven way to help dilute the virus. We recently sat in on a School Facilities Management Institute, Inc. webinar that detailed out some of the granular things you should be thinking about and implementing with your HVAC systems.
If that wasn’t enough, there are other systems and procedures to be aware of and think about different approaches for. In an AASA webinar, held in June of this year, experts pointed out some additional systems, procedures and building ideas to help increase safety and health inside of school buildings.
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