Learn how to be safe when you return to school to prepare for exams

Tips from UNICEF for safe learning and exams

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21 May 2020

After almost three months of fear and insecurity, the world is slowly returning to "a new normal". Soon, students in the final grades will come back, for a short time, to classes, for exam preparation and then for the aptitude test or for the baccalaureate, an event that is sufficiently stressful without the unseen threat of coronavirus. Schools will take all necessary measures to ensure that the preparation and examinations are carried out without risk to the health of both students and their families, as well as of the teachers. However, we must know and respect a few rules of hygiene and rules regarding distance from others. Here are some of them. Strictly followed, these tips will help you protect yourself, your colleagues and friends, and also your family members.

1. Wash your hands as often as possible: every time you leave home, when you go to school, when you use the toilet or when you touch objects that others might have touched. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Don't forget to wash your hands before putting on the mask and after taking it off. If you do not have soap and water, use an alcohol-based disinfectant.

2. You should not forget to put a hand sanitizer and at least two masks in your school bag. Make sure you always have them with you. Put them next to the pencil case or textbooks, so that you always have them at hand and don't forget them at home.

3. If you use public transportation to get to and from school, always put on a mask in the bus / minibus / trolley / tram and clean your hands with disinfectant when you get off. To protect yourself and others, make sure the mask covers both your mouth and nose. When you put on your mask, as well as when you take it off only touch the elastic strips.

4. Make sure you don't have a high temperature and don't feel sick before you leave home. At school, your temperature will be measured with an infrared thermometer. If a student's temperature is above 37.3 degrees, he/she will have to return home. If you have a fever, feel cold, or feel sick in general, stay home and tell your parents, who will let the teachers know.

5. For your safety, a doctor will always be present at school. If you are sick, announce the teachers, and the doctor will see you and tell you what to do.

6. When you get to school, keep your distance from your classmates. You may not have seen each other for a long time, but avoid holding each other in your arms, shake hand or high five. In class and during the break, follow the markings and the directions available so you can keep your distance from others.

7. If you feel like sneezing or coughing, use a napkin or cover your mouth with the inside of the elbow. Wash your hands or disinfect them afterwards. If you used a napkin, immediately throw it in a bin with a lid.

8. Do not exchange objects with colleagues - pens, eraser, books or notebooks. You need to avoid touching objects and surrounding surfaces as much as possible, which can become contaminated and infect you. Don't forget, especially, that after touching a surface, you must not touch your face.

9. Constantly disinfect your mobile phone, especially if you used it at school or in the means of transportation.

To get a good grade on the exam, you must first be present to that exam. If you get sick before the exam because you did not follow all the rules of hygiene and did not keep your distance from colleagues or friends, you will have to stay in solitary confinement or hospital for a few weeks.

Good luck!