In a bid to help his students return to school, a New Zealand principal has come up with a song that teaches students ways to stay safe in a classroom environment.
Entitled, ‘Moist Breath Zone’, the song teaches kids the fundamentals of social distancing, even while they’re together in a learning space or on the playground.
South Island’s Lake Brunner school principal, Shirley Șerban, identified the need for child-friendly educational tools in the time of COVID and took it upon herself to get cracking. She uploaded the video to youtube and it was soon a hit, spreading like wildfire through the Twitterverse.
“We’re back at school, it’s really cool, to all be here together. We made it through and I missed you, the country’s getting better,” the song goes.
“I’ll share my news, but my food’s for me alone. If I smell your breath, I will go sit on my own. Always wash your hands – make them soapy, full of foam.”
“And stay out of my moist breath zone!”
As many schools are reopening after the coronavirus lockdown, the education department is gearing up to welcome their students back and start making the transition back to some form of normalcy.
New Zealand kids, along with the rest of the nation, have been on strict lockdown for nearly two months and have been practising home schooling since the restrictions were announced in March.
Earlier this week New Zealand Prime minister, Jacinda Arden announced the country would be moving to level 2 restrictions. This move will herald the reopening of not only schools, but retail stores, offices, restaurants and public spaces such as libraries and sports grounds.
“Kiwis from all walks of life were resolute and determined – determined that this was a war we could eventually win, but only if we acted together,” Ardern was quoted as saying in The Guardian.
“The battle is won, but the war is not over.”