COVID-19 Solutions for Students Returning to School


Students are following these new guidelines in order to get into a sense of “normal” when going back to in-person school. Graphic by Lisa Kyan.

Schools are finally back in session, but COVID cases are on the rise. This is a problem students and staff are facing, but there are solutions to combat the virus.
One solution Los Altos immediately was proactive in putting in place was the installation of medical-grade air purifiers in each classroom, to provide fresh air to the students and teachers, who are in the classrooms from 55 minutes to 2 hours at a time.
Freshman Abby Sung said, “Air purifiers can be helpful because when people do not cover their nose and mouth, the air quality would be better, removing germs and bacteria. The air purifiers also help with reducing the stuffiness in the classrooms, and that helps with the air quality.”
For the most part, students wear their masks properly in the classroom, being respectful of the students and teachers around them. Out in the courtyard, on the other hand, students can be more carefree when walking from one class to another, or during lunch. Students must make it a habit to wear their masks properly, not only in the classroom but also outside where there are more students in abundant groups. This will help mitigate the risk of students getting infected with the virus.
Sung states, “To keep their masks on at all times, students must be aware of when their mask is falling down, not covering their nose or mouth, and pull it up if needed.”
Students gather in abundant groups, with their friends, or acquaintances, often not keeping in mind the social distance requirements. Everyone must be considerate of one another, including students, teachers and staff. and maintain a social distance of 6 feet.
“Students should always pass the hallways by being aware of their surroundings, and the people they are in contact with. In crowded hallways, students can use another hallway to get to their class, in order to maintain social distance,” Sung said.

Teachers are provided with disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer for the students to use. When using school-issued laptops, students should disinfect their equipment, and after use, students should use hand sanitizer to keep their hands free of germs.
The number of students that have tested positive for COVID-19 in our school is around 13 people.
On March 23, 2019, schools all around California closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic; everyone was worried and shocked. After a year and a half of this closure, schools finally opened again, and the school is taking these precautions to keep these COVID cases from rising.
“It is great to be back at school and to see everyone is eager to get back to normal. I’m sure we will, soon,” added Sung.