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Getting ready to reopen campus for 400 of our youngest students by tomorrow

What does it take to prepare our campus for the safe return of 400 early years and primary school students? “Well, it’s been my busiest Easter ever”, Facility Manager Kent Sehested responds, “but it gave us time to plan and prepare.” This is how Kent Sehested and his colleagues are going to get Copenhagen International School ready for the reopening of campus tomorrow, April 15th:

Physical distancing starts outside
“We have put up traffic control bollards to help our community form a queue with 2 meters between them to ensure physical distancing.”

Staggering attendance times
“To avoid having a ‘rush hour’, students will arrive and leave at different times.”

Tripling entrances and exits
“Instead of using the front door, we will use three separate entrances and three separate exits to make sure we don’t create bottlenecks.”

Waiting lounges and sanitisers
“Once students enter the building, they’ll be seated in waiting lounges with appropriate spacing between chairs. We are also putting sanitisers at every entrance and exit to make sure everyone who enters or leaves the building is as clean as can be.”

Homeroom teaching with groups of ten
“Our students will be taught in groups of ten, and they will stay with one teacher in one room and will have their own designated bathroom and handwashing facilities. Single-subject teaching will still be done remotely, but in the classroom. That way, students can still get specialized teaching while making sure that they only physically meet their nine classmates and one teacher.”

Individual lunch boxes brought to the classroom
“Instead of eating in our cafeteria, food will be served in individually packaged lunch boxes that will be brought to the classrooms.”

Lots of fresh air in small groups
“Kids will be outside on the playgrounds for one and a half hours per day and will be put in playgroups of five.”

Frequent cleaning. Very frequent.
“Bathrooms, handrails, toys and other things that are frequently used will be cleaned twice a day.”

That sounds like a lot of work. So, are we going to be ready by tomorrow? “Yes,” Kent Sehested replies, “we are ready. And I am looking forward to it. It’ll be great to have kids coming in here again, step by step returning to normalcy.”