How is the pandemic affecting our schools?
The current pandemic has changed the world of education in ways many couldn’t have foreseen. According to UNICEF, at the height of the pandemic, “approximately 91% of the world’s students in more than 194 countries were out of school.” Now that the schools have been re-opening again, we are looking at ways schools have adapted their environments to be hygienically safe.
Despite the considerable disruption of the pandemic, the upcoming half-term break could be used to further future-proof the school environments with the use of hygienic coatings and hygienic wall cladding. The measures put in place to make it safe for pupils to learn again include handwashing stations, physical distancing, contactless temperature checks and mask-wearing. These also mean there are changes made to the common areas, indoor and outdoor. Half-term break offers the perfect time to adapt the environments fast and effectively without sacrificing further learning time.
Clear messaging and signage
Whether it is markers on the floor showing the appropriate social distancing, signage displaying adequate handwashing procedure or arrows pointing to the one-way systems, hygienic wall cladding can be customized to suit the specific requirements of the school. Furthermore, it can be made school-specific by including logos, badges and lettering. Altro ‘Digiclad’ or Trovex ‘Gallery’ are fast to install, hardwearing and have a hygienic finish that is suited for frequent cleaning.
Adapting the common areas
Canteens, hallways, washrooms, classrooms – all areas of high footfall requiring extra attention in the pandemic times. Slightly matt finish of Altro Fortis Titanium and Trovex Resilience can provide strong protection against inevitable scuffs and marks caused by high usage. When complemented by hygienic wall protection system, it can be retrofitted over tiles, allowing for even faster coverage and protection.
Complying with new hygiene requirements
The schools now need to check the temperature of students, staff and visitors. This is done by contactless scanners distributed along the corridors and in halls. The frequent disinfection and handwashing stations require an upgrade of bathrooms with extra areas for sanitizer distribution. Splashbacks can be used in these environments, as they scale down easily from their industrial use. Perfect for the small areas behind sinks, small handwashing basins and behind antibacterial gel dispensers, splashbacks provide the ideal alternative for tiles and grouting.
Re-opening a school whilst complying with new regulations and requirements in times of the pandemic, making it hygienically safe for students and staff to return, could be a stressful and confusing task. The professional and friendly team at Goss Environmental Coatings can take on any project and deliver it to exact timing requirements, especially in half-term. We provide a holistic approach – hygienic cladding systems complemented by hygienic coatings, creating a complete high quality clean and cleanable hygienic surface solution.
If you’d like to know more, please contact us today.