Teachers are preparing their classrooms to welcome students in less than two weeks. As such, Clark County School District is advising staff on best practices for keeping classrooms safe from COVID-19 during high community levels.
The district sent an email to staff recommending that they increase ventilation and airflow in their classrooms. They said to “open doors to outside.” They also said events should take place outside whenever possible during high community spread.
Teachers wonder if this will lead to secure classrooms and buildings. “In light of everything that has happened in terms of school safety, especially what happened in Uvalde, that seems kind of ironic to have that. Especially when we’re trying to lock down schools even more,” After all, the shooter in Uvalde was able to get into the school through a series of unlocked doors. I’m not exactly sure on what the district meant by opening doors to outside, I am guessing they meant interior doors, rather than exterior doors. An easy fix would be creating a single point of entry on select campuses.
So the million dollar question, without compromising security, how can airflow be improved in classrooms? Clark County School District received $777 million dollars due to the ESSER American Rescue Plan funds, which can be used for ventilation and filtration upgrades. CCSD did install ionization air purifier systems last fall, but only in nurses’ offices and isolation rooms. I’m sure teachers are wishing there was more focus on classrooms. I hope this comes to a resolution expeditiously. Thank you to the teachers and staff for all you do for and with our babies. It defiantly does not go un-noticed.