Teachers should not meet in common area: ministry
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 3: Some school administrations of the secondary stage have issued several instructions in preparation for the resumption of schools from Tuesday, Aug 4 in order to control regularity in school hours, reports Al-Anba daily.
They sent instructions to male and female teachers, declaring that it is forbidden to have more than one male or female teacher in each department starting from the date of the first stage of resumption of schools for secondary school workers. All male and female teachers shall be distributed to classes, as the classes are vacant due to the absence of students.
These classes can be used in the interest of social distancing to ensure the safety of teachers. Head of departments are forbidden from convening physical meetings of teachers in a department, no matter how little their number. The meeting can be held via Zoom, WhatsApp or any other application. Those suffering from chronic diseases and those who meet the exemption rules must prepare a report in advance, submit it to the administration and leave directly without staying in the school.
Each male and female teacher will be assigned to a fixed class throughout the working hours. The main department shall be allocated to only the department head in order to prevent mixing and avoid spread of infection. The teachers should not use a shared kitchen or eat food or drink in a common area. It is strictly forbidden to work without a mask, which should be worn throughout the working hours.
Anyone who violates the regulations is subject to legal penalties. The schools have warned their teachers not to use a computer lab or shared computers for teaching purposes, as this could contribute to the spread of infection.
They urged each teacher to use his/her laptop in the class they have been allocated, adding that in case of any malfunction, they can contact the technical support personnel available in the school. The school administrations explained that the division of work days is currently being studied, such that each teacher will work on only the days when he/she has classes. As for the rest of the days, there is no need for them to work as a preventive measure.
There are some things currently being studied including allowing teachers who have children from the first year to the fifth year primary stage to teach online from their homes. Meanwhile, informed sources said electricity consumption in all school facilities will constitute a great pressure and increase the load on the electrical network. This is contrary to the instructions that recommend rationalization, especially during the very hot summer season.