Stable groups and effective bubble spaces
The first thing that must be considered when organizing stable groups and bubble spaces is the degree of protection to be achieved. It must be taken into account that every contact with people outside the stable group, whether inside or outside the classroom, is a route of transmission and opens possible community transmissions.
Some measures to guarantee effectiveness of stable groups:
- Taking care of ratio and ventilation of every space: use of corridors, gyms, dining rooms, auditoriums, libraries, porches, etc… even by taking down plasterboard walls, if necessary. Every stable group has its own adequate space by doing so.
- Assigning a minimum number of teachers, ideally two, throughout the school year: a tutor and a specialist. This is relatively simple in lower classes, but it might be more complicated in secondary levels. However, some advantages can be taken out of it, such as greater autonomy of the students. The number of teachers per class could be achieved by thinking about possible half-yearly subjects or teachers who’d be leading more than one subject: by doing so the number of outsider teachers the group could be significantly reduced. Every teacher involved in a stable group should be part of its bubble space, too. If this wouldn’t be possible, the remaining classes should be offered online.
- While deciding all these points, there must be a clear idea about how sustainability of the attendance is to be guaranteed.
- Signalling, training and education. Classroom decoration should remind students the specific safety measures they should follow during the day, according to their age and circumstances.