Protect Your Students: Why To Install Sneeze Shields In The Classroom

25 October 2021
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog


If you work in a school setting, you know how important health and safety are, especially during the current pandemic. Cloth face masks and proper handwashing are two methods for protecting your students. However, there's another step you can take to improve health and safety standards in the classroom: installing sneeze shields. These shields are clear plastic shields that can be used as partitions around desks and workspaces. If you haven't incorporated the use of sneeze shields in your classrooms, read the list provided below. You'll find four important reasons to ensure their use. 

Create Physical Distance

When it comes to maintaining health standards in the classroom, it's essential that you create plenty of physical distance for your students. One way to do that is by allowing for additional space between desks. Another way to do that is through the use of sneeze shields. When you install sneeze shields around each desk, you create a safe, germ-free space between students. This allows you to ensure adequate spacing between students, while still utilising space for desks.

Reduce Spread of Germs

When you have a classroom filled with students, there will be some coughing and sneezing. Unfortunately, coughs and sneezes allow germs to spread through the room. You can't stop students from coughing and sneezing, but you can limit the aerosol exposure. When you place sneeze shields around each of the desks in your classroom, you create a barrier between students and the aerosol. As a result, you reduce the spread of germs. Not only is this a benefit during the current COVID-19 pandemic, but it's also beneficial during the cold and flu season. 

Accommodate Group Tasks

When you're responsible for the education of students, you know that there will be group tasks. After all, there are some lessons that work best with groups. Not only that, some students do better work when they're able to work as a team. Unfortunately, the current pandemic has limited the number of group tasks that can be performed in a classroom, which is why you need to invest in sneeze shields. Once you have sneeze shields in the classrooms, students can push their desks together for the occasional group project. 

Ensure Face-to-Face Interaction

Finally, when you have students in the classroom who require face-to-face interaction, such as during speech therapy, masks can get in the way. One of the benefits of using a sneeze shield is that you can give students the face-to-face interaction they need, without jeopardising health and safety.