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School libraries in September

Discussion in 'Teaching & Learning' started by CabbageWhite20, Jul 19, 2020.

  1. CabbageWhite20

    CabbageWhite20 Occasional commenter

    I know this is probably not at the top of things schools are thinking about, but does anyone know if/how their school will be opening their library in September? I’ve looked at the SLA guidelines but I think things might have changed a bit since they were drawn up. Essentially I’m wondering - will your library reopen? Will groups/individuals be allowed to go in to choose books or will it be requests only? Will returned books have to be quarantined? Thank you.
  2. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    We don't have a school lending library, but have decided that children will be able to take books home from class book areas - it just won't be as 'free flow' as usual. There will be two specific days a week for returning books; if you miss the day, you'll have to keep your book at home until the next specified day. Returned books will go into a quarantine box for 72 hours before being returned to the shelves.
    Workable in a classroom, but more complicated for a whole library!
  3. CabbageWhite20

    CabbageWhite20 Occasional commenter

    I’m also a bit worried our librarian won’t be unfurloughed (independent school).
  4. CabbageWhite20

    CabbageWhite20 Occasional commenter

    The set days for return are a good idea, thank you. In terms of borrowing if the kids can’t browse then maybe I could do bookboxes for English sets unless kids make specific requests. I can’t see the older ones liking that much, but at least they’d still have access to books.
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  5. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    Why are books quarantined for 3 days, when people will all be next to each other with no PPE, and presumably all touching the same surfaces? There can't be 3 days left between each group of pupils eating their lunch-and surely that's more risky than reading a book?
  6. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    I know, @hhh. I feel like that about so many things ... contradictions everywhere. We all just follow instructions, and I'm very glad I don't have to make the rules.

    Incidentally, as far as we know at the moment we're not having school lunches at the start ... packed lunches for all, which will be eaten in their bubbles.
    Catsoup likes this.
  7. CabbageWhite20

    CabbageWhite20 Occasional commenter

    This is why I have no idea what will happening. We’re expecting year group bubbles in secondary, yes? And those bubbles to move around the school for specialist subjects? In the last few weeks of this term the bubbles we had weren’t meant to share resources and staff were expected to give desks a rudimentary clean between groups. Dining tables are meant to be cleaned between bubbles (and some schools are eating in classrooms).
    The library could be used only during lessons to prevent bubbles mixing, but can different groups handle books/computer equipment one after another? What is happening about computer rooms - can they reopen does anyone know due to keyboards/mice/headphones?
    I don’t want us to be unnecessarily neurotic about it but a bit of clarity about best practice would be really useful!
    agathamorse and sunshineneeded like this.

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    Our library will be lesson teaching space until we can get back to normal.
  9. factresearch

    factresearch New commenter

    Many school librarians I know are offering a Click and Collect service for pupils: delivering quarantined books to classes with special arrangements for collecting returns and quarantining them prior to them being re-shelved. In addition they are offering online library tutorials, reading lists etc and Library Google classroom pages etc, depending what the school has access too. I know lots of librarians who upskilled themselves on tech during lockdown and want to continue to offer this sort of service now.
    sunshineneeded likes this.
  10. numbersense

    numbersense New commenter

    I've been wondering the same thing. I'm guessing it will remain closed for the time being to reduce the movement of bubbles around school.
  11. littledragon25

    littledragon25 New commenter

    Ours too.
  12. komaljs

    komaljs New commenter

    Ourlibrary will be closed until everything gets sort out or at least till October.

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