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Table 6 Most Common Types of School Practices Included in State-level Guidance Documents to Create Physical Distance Among Students Enrolled in Brick-and-Mortar Public Schools

From: School practices to promote social distancing in K-12 schools: review of influenza pandemic policies and practices

Category Examples # (%) (nā€‰=ā€‰16)b
Canceling or postponing after school activities Cancel performances, sports practices, or games 11 (69%)
Canceling classes or activities that occur during the school day with a high rate of mixing/contact Cancel P.E.; cancel field trips; cancel choir 7 (44%)
Reducing mixing during transport Suspend buses; discourage use of public transportation 6 (38%)
Increasing space among students during in-person instruction Move class outdoors; re-arrange desks to increase space; divide classes into smaller groups; require students to remain seated in classroom 5 (31%)
Reduced schedule Shorter school week; shorter school day; students come on alternating days 4 (25%)
Suspending use of common areas Lunch in classrooms rather than in lunch room; no recess 4 (25%)
Implementing standard workplace social distancing measures for teachers and other staff Limit face to face meetings; cancel staff meetings 3 (19%)
Partial Closure Closure of one class; closure of one grade 2 (13%)
Instituting home room staya Children remain with one group of children all day and teachers rotate through the room 2 (13%)
Segregating students within common areas Require that students only eat with classmates in lunchroom; require that students stay in assigned section of school yard 1 (6%)
Reducing density/load in common areas through altered scheduling Let classes out at different times so fewer students are in the hall at any one time 1 (6%)
Limiting visitorsa Do not allow parents or other visitors; restrict vendor access to school 1 (6%)
  1. aSchool practice mentioned only in pandemic plans/guidance and not in the published literature
  2. b16 state-level guidance documents mentioned one or more school practices to promote social distancing