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At Takanedai Daisan elementary school in Funabashi, Japan, students in face masks clap along to a melody instead of singing during a music class. Hopefully they were singing on the inside.
Denmark’s North Zealand International School had younger kids respecting social distancing protocols on their daily walk with the help of a new rope. “The rope has spaced colour coded tape on it so the children are closest to their own group member and still walk with good distance to each other,” explained class teacher Jennifer Fagan Simon, who added that the walk was the favourite part of the students’ day.
At Ankara International Preschool and Kindergarten, in Turkey, which re-opened June 8, some new steps are added to kids' morning routine, including temperature checks and sanitizing their hands, before entering the building.
Grade 10 students in New Delhi, India, who have neither internet access nor the means to buy electronic gadgets to attend online classes, have been studying in an open-air class. College student Satyendra Pal Shakya established the outdoor classroom ad hoc, since schools in the area have been closed since March.
ad hoc [,æd'hɔk]: 特别地；特别的；临时
New Zealand allowed students back on May 18, when lockdown measures eased. The country has had some of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world (to date, just 22) and been lauded for its success in flattening the curve.
Here at Laingholm Primary School, in Auckland, teachers hung up a “Welcome back” sign on the school gates, along with colourful balloons. New safety precautions include parents not being allowed onto the school grounds without an appointment, water fountains being shut off, and hand sanitizing stations being set up in every classroom.
Kids at a primary school in Hangzhou, in East China, learned how to keep a safe distance between themselves by making hats inspired by the headgear of Song dynasty officials.
Hopefully, by the time new academic year comes around, a vaccine will be well on the way. And until that happens, here’s hoping that school administrations and teachers keep coming up with creative solutions that let kids learn and socialize, while staying safe.