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Classroom Furniture & Strategies for Safety and Learning

by | Aug 6, 2020

The year 2020 has presented educational institutions with unprecedented situations and circumstances. The swift emergence of COVID-19 in the spring forced schools to close quickly without much warning. Education then shifted to a virtual environment that was less than ideal in districts without adequate technology and infrastructures.

Return to School in Fall 2020

While some districts will remain operating virtually in the fall, others have chosen to bring students back in the building; they are awaiting the go-ahead from their Governors. Many are introducing hybrid learning -where time is spent both at home and in the classroom.

Bringing students, teachers, and staff back in any capacity requires a lot of preparation in terms of class structure and schedule. Traditional furniture and setups do not offer the safety requirements needed for the upcoming semester. Companies have recently focused on providing products and supplies to help aid in increasing the level of safety in schools. One such product comes from Saffe Furniture, a leader in innovation in the educational furniture industry.

Saffe Saftey Dividers for Desks

For most educational institutions, expanding classrooms and other learning spaces isn’t an option this fall. Because of this, it is necessary to take precautions to protect students and teachers. Saffe Furniture has introduced its Brighton Student Dividers, which help prevent the spread of germs due to coughing or sneezing. The screens are clear plastic, and its dividers allow classrooms to maintain a collaborative and interactive learning experience. Beyond that, they are easy to clean and sanitize. Bulk pricing is available for the screens, making them a financial possibility for most educational institutions.

Strategies for Safe Schools Beyond the Classroom

Even the most well-equipped classrooms will not be able to completely protect staff and students without additional measures once they leave the room. Schools must commit to an action plan that revolves around sanitation and distancing. The following are a few strategies to help contribute to success.

Keep sanitation at the forefront:  
Provide staff with adequate training on cleaning and sanitizing procedures and the supplies needed for them to keep all areas of the school safe.

Focus on air filtration:
  For some schools, this may mean implementing a filtration system throughout the entire building. For others, it can merely mean checking existing ventilation and adding in portable filtration units where necessary.

Utilize “no-contact” structures where possible:  
Examples of this include automatic soap dispensers and motion-activated doors.
Enforce a strict sick policy: Students and teachers should be encouraged to stay home if unwell, in addition to temperature screens on arrival for everyone entering the building.

Limit traffic in schools:
  Restrict the number of non-essential visitors to the building and shift to virtual meetings.

SAFFE Furniture

Saffe Furniture is committed to providing K-12 educational institutions with the products needed to safely bring back students and staff this fall. Products are all made in the USA from locally sourced materials. A.T. Equipment Sales is proud to partner with them in order to bring these quality products to a number of area schools and help in the transition to a new learning environment moving forward.

About A.T. Equipment Sales

We provide quality equipment and furniture along with proper installation. This way, schools, colleges, and universities continue to provide safe learning environments. We know what you purchase and how it’s installed makes for a successful project. Our hands-on approach allows us to see all of our projects through to completion. This is, and always will be our approach to business. We keep you informed every step of the way to reinforce that you’ve made the right decision in working with us. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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