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COVID-19 and the practicalities of computer-based activity in school [NOW UPDATED]

Considering the issues of COVID-19 [NOW UPDATED see link below]

John Woollard

Created by John Woollard
last edited Aug 20 2020 by John Woollard


On behalf of Computing At School, I am drafting [DRAFTED] an information document regarding COVID-19 and the use of classroom-based computers.

It will reflect [REFLECTS] on Government and HSE guidance and make some recommendations with regard to the use of computer keyboards and other hardware in the classroom.

It will also reflect [REFLECTS] on school practice as evidenced through the CAS Community forum and CAS social media.

However, we must take a cautious approach because, as seen with the recommendations related to face masks, neither science nor politics are necessarily good guides to best practice. Some evidence relating to keyboards and the transmission of infections is available at [LINK]

These statements will not be authorised or approved by CAS until after the consultation and ratification by the BCS Academy Board.

Please note: this document is of a general nature and should be treated as a guide. It is based upon reference to teaching resources and equipment in general and reference to industry/commerce advice provided through the the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) [LINK]. It is informed by CAS members through the Community forum and social media. In the event of any conflict between your school policy and/or any applicable legislation with this guidance, the applicable legislation and school policy shall prevail.

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Email: [LINK]

John Woollard: CAS Board member - SCAC member - BCS Academy Board member

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