After the rapid spread of the novel Coronavirus in the earlier part of 2020, America, along with the rest of the world, had to undergo a dramatic change. The way people work, go about their daily chores, and get together with their family and friends are just not how they used to be anymore.
Among the hardest-hit industries by the global health crisis is in the education sector. With lockdown measures put in place to prevent the further spread of the disease, schools had to be shut down.
Eight months into the year and the future still seems uncertain, as COVID-19 remains a threat today. As a result, parents are anxious and worried about their children’s education in these circumstances, as they don’t want to put them at risk of contracting the virus.
Some institutions are scrambling to adapt to remote learning, while those in areas where physical learning is about to start in a few weeks are trying to find ways to keep their children safe from the virus. This is where the notion of micro-schools can be particularly helpful.
The Benefits of Micro-Schooling During the COVID-19 Pandemic
As the name suggests, micro-schools are those schools with a small student population. The whole institution only caters to 150 students or less. Because of this minimized teacher-to-student ratio compared to normal, children can receive highly personalized education, allowing them to develop their skills even better.
Aside from these advantages, this method has become increasingly popular because of how it can be used to continue education today, despite the ongoing pandemic. Parents are discovering that micro-schooling can also provide their children with a safe environment where they can continue learning.
The small community allows the students, along with the teachers and staff, to observe social distancing while at school grounds. It makes daily health screening at the entrances quick and possible. It also allows the school management to arrange staggered arrival times for students to lessen the chances of contact.
Despite these troubling times, seeing your kids in a safe environment where they can enjoy learning with other kids their age is a reassuring sight. This crisis may have brought families and friends apart, but micro-schools can continue teaching your child social skills that they will need throughout their lives.
Safety Measures to Observe When Sending Your Child to Micro-schools
As micro-schools are preparing their guidelines and safety measures to implement, parents and guardians also have a role to play to keep the environment safe.
Before classes resume, it’s best to train your child to observe safety measures when outside, such as social distancing. Teach them about the proper way of wearing face masks, as well as the importance of ensuring good hand hygiene. Most importantly, remind them that by following all of these, they protect not only themselves but also their friends and teachers at school!
Even if the world seems to have stopped due to this pandemic, education must go on. It is an essential factor that molds the children—our future—and trains them to succeed later on in their lives.
Continuing education in these times may be difficult, but the good news is that there are micro-schools that are actively adapting to this crisis. These institutions are committed to delivering high-quality education to your children without putting their lives at risk.
Here at St. Aloysius Regional School, we are committed to providing high-quality education while prioritizing the safety and health of our students, staff, and visitors. As a micro-school in Springville, New York, we are working on a Reopening Plan compliant with Federal, State, and Diocesan guidelines. Get in touch with us to learn more about Fall 2020 Re-Opening.