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How to Roll Out Social Distancing Measures to Prepare your School to Reopen in September

Schools are one of the areas hardest hit by COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown; closed down in March save for children of key workers and only allowed to partially reopen at the beginning of June, the education sector has been troubled with uncertainty for teachers, parents and children.

Whilst many welcomed the Government announcement on 19th June that all schools are to reopen in September, many will be concerned about the ongoing safety and social distancing measures for the pupils and staff.

Schools have had to make major adaptations to how they operate and how both pupils and staff travel around the campus. To date; bubbles have been implemented, one-way systems for thoroughfares and separated playgrounds have been just some of the immediate changes schools have had to make. From September, when all pupils must return, schools are under increased pressure to ensure all pupils, teaching staff and auxiliary staff are adequately protected.

This is where our expertise, experience and equipment can prove invaluable. With 35 years’ experience in safety equipment and signage, Oxford Plastics is ideally placed to provide advice and guidance on how best to employ the safety measures required to adhere to Government guidance, as well as provide the most appropriate equipment to implement these measures.

We have a dedicated suite of equipment specially selected to work in educational environments, from barriers to clear walkways; easy for even the youngest of pupils to understand and adhere to. Our ClearPath® Temporary Walkway can help to keep students and staff safely distanced by clearly demarcating walkways. Fast and easy to install, it’s ideal for temporary or permanent solutions to maintain safe walkways and building access. Our Lantis Barrier is made of 85% recycled materials and has a soft welcoming aesthetic, so is less unsettling for children, whilst being suitable for creating safe areas in schools and playgrounds as well as maintaining social distancing through segmentation of staff and pupils.

With talks of a potential second wave, it is critical to keep our teachers and youngest citizens as safe as possible whilst ensuring access to education – particularly as so many have missed out on such a substantial amount of teaching time already in 2020.

Oxford Plastics is on-hand to help advise, guide and partner with educational institutions to help map out social distancing measures – and the equipment and signage to support these – to ensure the safety of all those working and attending the campus. We manufacture intelligently designed, problem-solving products that make spaces safer, more efficient and effective. We produce safe, secure and health & safety compliant products, 75% of which are made from recycled plastic and are 95% recyclable.

Learn more about our products and equipment here, or get in contact with us to see how we can help with your requirements.

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