This Dutch classroom could represent the future as schools prepare to welcome back kids after adding plexiglass to tables.
Studies have shown that the coronavirus is also spread by aerosol methods so that when an infected person coughs or talks, tiny droplets can travel through the air and infect the next person.
The glass covers are believed to stop these aerosols from spreading and reducing the risk of infection.
There were introduced this week at the De Springplank child centre in the city of Den Bosch in the province of North Brabant in the south-central Netherlands.
The school’s director Marian van Maarseveen said schools are coming up with all sorts of ways to ensure that they could reopen safety for children and added: “this could be one”.
They said the ‘FleXX’ system that they were using have been designed together with an engineering firm from Eindhoven, and after testing it with kids who gave it the thumbs up, they had installed it in all classrooms. The cost per desk they said was EUR 50.
School officials said they were just waiting now for the politicians to give approval for schools to start again so they could start using them.
They admit that the screens are properly not suitable for very young children, who cannot sit still. And they said all the children will also need to be trained to make sure they did not get up and mill around and follow set routes when coming and going from the class.
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