Plastic Shields, Ballot Boxes Used for Partitions at Schools in Vietnam

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COVID-19 has affected the entire world, nearly freezing or toppling the economies of many countries in just a matter of months after it was first discovered in Wuhan, China. But as the world slowly relaxes restrictions, new rules needed to be implemented in what many would call as the ‘new normal’.

Businesses, offices, restaurants, and even schools have to adapt to the new normal, with many putting up physical barriers to help prevent the spread of the virus.

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While acrylic barriers are definitely a better option, such could be very expensive and can’t be used in many areas because of the price. So, people have learned to find other options. Plastic covers are the next best thing.

In Vietnam, schools have started with face-to-face learning again. To help ensure the safety of their students, the chairs are placed away from each other. All individual tables are also provided with plastic shields as partitions.

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There were even some areas that repurposed ballot boxes to act as shield for the students. Many hail this as an excellent idea for upcycling, particularly because polls don’t happen very often. For the meantime while there are no elections, the ballot boxes would make an excellent shield for the students.

Since the cafeteria is a place where the entire school population converges, social distancing protocols could be a big challenge. But the students are separated from each other by plastic partitions designed so that they can’t talk that easily with each other. This is absolutely necessary because masks are taken off before eating.

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If not eating or drinking, however, students are supposed to wear their masks and are also encouraged to use face shields, if possible.

Because children will always be children, the teachers are tasked to guide and monitor them so that proper social distancing protocols will be followed even during recess and lunchtime. This would be a big challenge for students and teachers alike, but amid the COVID-19 crisis, everyone simply has to sacrifice…

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