I wonder if the NBC News story, South Korea’s return to normal interrupted by uptick in coronavirus cases, holds a clue to what we might be looking at in our next school year.

I’m also concerned that it could also look like this:

Here another idea from a a new study that came out in the UK today:

“Countries that have closed schools, such as the UK, have to now ask hard questions about when and how to open schools. Interventions in schools, such as closing playgrounds, keeping students in constant class groups/classrooms, increasing spacing between students in classes, reducing the school week and staggering school start and break times across years or classes should be considered if restrictive social distancing policies are to be implemented for long periods of time.”

The key point to me is: keeping students in constant class groups/classrooms

For secondary students, it would be similar to the cohorting of the Long-Term English Language Learners we do in in our support program (see Research in Action: Ramping Up Support for Long-Term ELLs) so that they stay together in each class, which would reduce the chances of transmission.

One question this prompts for me is:  In secondary schools, would it also make more sense for teachers to move from class-to-class, instead of the students?


What do you think it will look like?