A Creative Solution for Schools in a Post-Pandemic Environment (PART 2 of 3)

Updated: May 18, 2020

[This article is the second of a three-part series. Part 2 dives deeper into the impact of a self-directed philosophy on compliance, expectations, and mastery in a traditional school model.]

On April 15, 2020, Maggie Angst published this article titled Coronavirus: When California school campuses open in the fall, students might find a soberingly different experience. Her article looks at how states are prompting districts to plan for radical changes. In her article, she quotes Gov. Newsom who suggests schools "stagger" student attendance in order to organize classrooms and public spaces differently within the existing physical environment.

Schools will see major restructuring which will need to address three levels of compliance:

  • Health and Safety Regulations

  • Social Expectations

  • Academic Mastery

The physical and mental health and safety of students and staff will be the primary focus. The next level will involve adjusting social expectations between schools and their surrounding communities. At the core will be a shift toward a self-directed learning philosophy to refocus what needs to become most important for public education - student ownership of academic mastery.


Health and Safety Regulations

This first point takes a wide view toward schools reopening amidst a pandemic.

Public, charter, and private schools across states have various federal and state regulations for human health and safety which must be considered non-negotiable at these higher levels of compliance. Individual families across communities might disagree with how a school is addressing this potentially still-existent pandemic of a communicable respiratory disease with no available vaccine. Unfortunately, schools will be on the r