HOUSTON – The school year is upon us and that means educators are getting creative about how to take on the challenges of living in a pandemic as well as a new year of educating the Houston area’s youth.
KPRC 2 is taking a look at some of the ingenious ways educators in all kinds of schools are coping with issues prompted by the pandemic, particularly those surrounding in-person learning and social distancing.
Take a look at the classroom setups shared on social media from the Houston area and beyond.
Our Houston area teachers are working hard to make it fun and exciting to come back to school
This is a first day unlike any other! WSE teachers and students are rocking this online learning! @WSE_PTO @WSE_Stallions @FortBendISD @MelisHubbard1 @teachwilliams @idaford09 @DrKwabena @superdupre pic.twitter.com/d8aamBLqFF— Kate Kargbo (@kate_kargbo) August 17, 2020
Social distancing in schools headed back to their classrooms in the Houston area:
It’s FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL for students at St. Martha Catholic School in Kingwood. 80-percent of 320 kids are returning to the classroom. There are a lot of changes. @KPRC2 #kprc2 pic.twitter.com/sDJMRW4lcG— KPRC Cathy Hernandez (@KPRC2Cathy) August 13, 2020
Putting safe tools to the test -- like this homemade hand sanitizer station that works with a foot pump.
Virtual learning is happening in our area and kids are making the most of the situation
First day of Virtual Learning is finally here! I have a Senior and a Sophomore! To the teachers and admin...we appreciate you! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼#wereallinthistogether #FBISDreimagined @KHS_Cougars @FortBendISD pic.twitter.com/wzOmjvb1cM— MRS. EVANS 🇲🇽🇲🇽🇲🇽 (@cgevans123) August 17, 2020
First Day 2020!! Thanks @FortBendISD for the organized effort that went into making this first day of school a virtual success! #FBISDReimagined #wearefortbend #holmesfamily #toughteamslast @QV_Raiders @LOMSMustangs @EHS_Knightswire @FCMSBobcats @ASE_Dalmatians pic.twitter.com/Ks9RMlSLDB— Kamilah Holmes (@KamilahSHolmes) August 17, 2020
Take a look inside these classrooms and their ingenious ways to keep kids safe
This truck idea is GENIUS.
Borrowed an idea from our English Department, but brought our own French flair! Please sit at a #Francophone country to maintain our #SocialDistancing guidelines! @PisgahHigh #langchat #wlcovid19https://t.co/VjrpxfAiwL pic.twitter.com/uRApH6o0kI— Pisgah High School French (@PisgahFrench) August 14, 2020
Practicing safe social distancing on school buses. This is one effort to help bus drivers stay safe.
.NHTSA recommends that student transporters can use plexiglass barriers and soft-shield curtains in #schoolbuses to ensure #socialdistancing between drivers and students during #COVID-19, but only if certain safety conditions are met. https://t.co/bgnhRJY39e— SchoolTransportNews (@STNMagazine) August 15, 2020
Chromebook distribution ready! Ensuring our students are ready for 8/17! Together we can and will!#WednesdayWisdom #1team #1goal #nolimit #closingthedigitaldivide #Chromebooks #socialdistancing #PPE @DeKalbSchools @DeKalbSchoolsIT @CWATSONHARRIS pic.twitter.com/4PU3PIebc9— Chapel Hill Middle School (@Dekalb_Panthers) August 12, 2020
Going back to school is controversial.
We're working hard behind the scenes to ensure we have the #SocialDistancing, #safety and #hygiene measures in place for when our students and staff return to 35 BSQ!— School of Education (Bristol University) (@SOEBristol) August 17, 2020
Special thanks to our amazing cleaning team for all their continued hard work! pic.twitter.com/4PxJjDvSrg
Students & parents are waiting at a govt school in Coimbatore, seeking admission after Tamil Nadu govt's order, that stated admissions for Classes 1-10 shall start on August 17.#COVID__19 #SocialDistancing @xpresstn @shibasahu2012— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) August 17, 2020
Express Photos | @rk_clicks pic.twitter.com/xiJsslJZLm
#RT @signarama: With school ramping back up, schools need signs to direct, inform, motivate, and welcome back students and teachers. #signarama #schoolsigns #signexperts #socialdistancing #washyourhands #backtoschool #school #customsigns #signsdowork … pic.twitter.com/56vMqXnD0q— Signarama North Miami Beach (@signaramanmb) August 17, 2020
Once again, welcome back Sekolah Tenby Titans! Next week our Tenby International School Titans will be back.— Tenby Schools Ipoh (@tenbyipoh) August 17, 2020
Dear Titans, we would like to give a gentle reminder on complying with existing social distancing measures.#NewAcademicYear #SocialDistancing #StudentWellbeing pic.twitter.com/svImxYlx9m
Let us know which setups you like best and you think would be the most effective to keep kids safe.