Teaching through the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging, to say the least. But it has become even more challenging now that cases have risen rapidly in the Netherlands due to the Omicron variant.
From the start, NewTechKids has taken serious measures to protect our students and teachers and reduce the risk of transmission in our after-school and holiday bootcamps.
This includes requiring our students to wear masks for the duration of most of our classes, even though they aren’t required to do so at school.
Other precautions we are taking include:
- hosting our classes in a large, well-ventilated space at the Amsterdam Public Library
- using AI software to generate a socially-distanced floor plan for tables, chairs and the teacher’s desk
- taking our students’ temperature when they enter the classroom
- scheduling regular hand washing breaks
- having students work in pairs, as opposed to in larger groups, and keeping pairs apart from each other
- regularly sanitizing our learning tools
- scheduling regular breaks and outdoor activities
- having teachers wear masks as they help different pairs of kids (not when they are in front of the class leading discussions and socially distanced from students)
We have to find a way to continue giving kids important and fun learning opportunities, especially since we don’t know how long this pandemic will last.