Back to School – Planning Amidst the Pandemic
ARC India | September 29, 2020
With the government preparing to issue a new set of guidelines to unlock India, the states are facing an uphill task of reopening schools amidst the constant surge in the number of Covid-19 cases. We have been living in one of the most unprecedented times for almost seven months in a row now. The scientific community still cannot predict when they will be successful in finding light at the end of the tunnel. Under such circumstances, the raging debate that has been doing the rounds for quite some time now is whether children who have remained home bound since the mid of March be safe as schools reopen? As the lack of in-person schooling greatly affects the development of social skills of every child, schools in different parts of the country are gradually beginning to reopen.
The government officials in a recent statement have said that while schools are a priority, children need to be put first. The message that he conveyed said that before anything else is opened, the nation is going to open schools first. Also, deprived of any outdoor activities, children are finding it extremely difficult to concentrate during their online classes. As schools and other education centres are set to reopen in the coming weeks, ARC has come up with a varied range of back to school graphics and signs. These signs will send out important health, safety and wellness information to students, staff and visitors. The little ones returning to school will be more informed and will be constantly reminded of all the important health and safety measures with the help of these signs and graphics. Encouraging awareness regarding social distancing together with health and hygiene practices can be achieved easily with the help of these signs and posters.
There’s much to consider as schools reopen and it can at times feel overwhelming. At ARC, we are here to help you through every step. Let us take a quick look at the key aspects that you need to consider:
- Social distancing: it goes without saying that floor decals and graphics are an ideal and space saving solution that will help you promote social distancing in your school premise. Right from circular designs to straight markers and arrows and footprints, our floor graphics are printed with the help of high-quality materials that ensure that they are hard wearing. With the different kinds of anti-slip coating grades that we offer, our floor decals can be displayed at literally any internal or external floor surface. Our floor graphics are therefore an ideal solution for any school that reopens during the pandemic.
- Health and hygiene: with our vast range of health and safety signs, we can offer you solutions that will help support the wellbeing of students and staffs. For any educational institution that reopens at this point of time, it is very important to get the right kind of visuals. This is all the more important for nurseries and primary schools so that the young students do not get alarmed and still feel comfortable as they would inside their homes. You can get in touch with us whenever you want to discuss about branding or design that you would like to feature so that we can create customized options for your requirements.
- Wayfinding: directional and navigational signage has never before been as important as they are now. This is especially required when you are implementing one-way passages in your school premise. We can offer you a wide variety of wayfinding signage right from instructional wayfinding graphics to wall mounted signs, creative wall graphics and many more. Our signs will ensure that staff and students navigate safely and efficiently within the school premise while adhering to all the required social distancing guidelines.
As students step out of their homes, the onus of their safety rests entirely on the school authorities now. And in these difficult times, it is therefore extremely important to keep reminding them of the importance of health and safety as long as they remain within the premises of the school. Schools in the country are likely to reopen in phases but life in school post the pandemic will no longer be the same. Along with wearing masks, frequent temperature checks, sanitizing hands and surface disinfection, use of graphics and signs all over will now be the norm. These graphics will introduce healthy practices and transform the challenge into an opportunity by creating a safe and healthy learning environment.