Full school closure is considered crucial in some countries while perceived differently by other government leaders. Frequently washing of hands, rubbing of alcohol base sanitizer, practicing of social distancing will not eradicate the pandemic disease when schools continue to operate. Coronavirus (Covid19) is a pandemic disease that is affecting the world socially and economically.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has placed the UK on a police-enforced lockdown with drastic new measures in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. People are allowed to leave their homes under a list of “very limited purposes”, banned public gatherings of more than two people and ordered the closure of non-essential shops. Every citizen must comply with these new measures and the relevant authorities, including the police, have been given the powers to enforce them through fines and dispersing gatherings.
Full school closure crucial
The disease is sensitive to the extent that it spread quickly through the shaking of hands, droplets, social gathering, touching of infected surfaces, and so on. All these can happen within the students and the teacher. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that people should take a simple precaution to reduce the exposure and the transmission of coronavirus until the vaccines are available.
Governments are trying to stop the spread of the virus by locking down institutions, schools, organizations, religious gatherings, and any social activity that involve many people. Although recent research suggests that school partial closure has a limited impact on the spread of Covid19 among children, the same survey forgets about their teachers who are also prone to the spread of the virus.
Teaching and non-teaching staff are potential carriers
A school whereby there is quite a number of both teaching and non-teaching staff, come from different homes and still be together to form all sorts of gathering can continue the spread even if the children are not attending classes.
Moreover, most of their teachers are of advanced age with all different kinds of health issues. They are even more liable to react to the virus because of their weakened immune system. Thus, teachers should stay safe at home while parents look over their children until the virus is fully eradicated.
With no maximum security that guarantees for the full cure or spread of the virus, informal online learning will be the most applicable while the full school closure. We are in a digital era which makes learning easy through the use of technologies. The teacher and the parent should be available to take the children through online learning during the full school closure.
Full school closure aided with technology
A blockchain-based education platform can be made available to all schools that have been disrupted by the coronavirus. This will help in keeping the education system running smoothly as governments deal with the coronavirus epidemic.
An offer by a commercial company has already received support from universities in the United States. One such university is Oral Roberts University, which indicated that it would upload more than 500 courses on the platform to help their students access the material. This was a step forward, according to the co-founder, who commended the steps taken by the universities.