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(Please note that as current information becomes available this page will be updated – 08.11.2020.)

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The organization of the classroom is important in supporting the academic progress of students. Classroom space should  provide an environment that allows teachers and students  to interact comfortable and safely. Careful consideration has been given to the strategic placement of  furniture, learning centers, and materials to optimize student learning,  reduce distractions and keep children safe.


Fundamental premises when designing a safe classroom environment are the concepts of Maintaining Cohort and social distancing. The use of Cohorts is recommended by the CDC and other health agencies to help  control the spread of any viruses and manage any possible outbreaks.


  1. Schools should move any non-essential furniture, materials of equipment that is not needed and store them in a place outside of the room
  2. Schools should measure the width and length of the room to begin planning for maximum distancing of desks.
  3. Desks should all face in the same direction.
  4. Desks should be placed 6 feet from the center of each desk to the center of the next desk.
  5. All throw rugs and roll-up carpets should be removed from room. (Rugs that are a part of the learning experience in Early Childhood Classrooms should be sanitized on a daily basis.)
  6. Rooms should be planned around 25 students per room. The number of  students that can be accommodated depends on the size of the room.
  7. It is recommended that teachers use masks, a shied can be used in specific situations when a child needs to see the lips of the teacher.

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