Flexible Seating Tips for the Pandemic

Well, those of us who love Flexible Seating and have found it so beneficial, are in for some big changes this year. I'm positing these flexible seating tips for the pandemic to help you frame what may and may not work as you get reading for back to school. It's going to be a big change...

THINGS THAT MIGHT WORK

These might work with modifications - such as the same student must be the only one on the chair or seat each day, and maybe with cleaning at the end of the day.  Also these seats could be spread out. For example, with the small side table below, that would become a table for only one student this fall. If you are not sure, ask your administration.

By the way, if you want to look into getting some of these options for your room, click  on the image and you can check it out at my Amazon affiliate link. 

STABILITY BALL CHAIRS

Image of Stability Ball Chairs in Classroom

BOUNCY BANDS - of course! 

These stay on the legs of chairs of tables and will hopefully only be touched by feet!

Image of Bouncy Band on Chair

WOBBLE STOOLS

These can be spread out and wiped down with wipes or cleaners easily.

Image of Wobble Stools in Classroom

SCOOP ROCKERS

The plastic scoop rockers can be spaced out and cleaned daily if you need.
Scoop rockers in classroom

LOW TABLES 

Easily cleaned daily! I just took the legs off of this round table.

Low table in classroom

SIDE TABLES

Side tables like this $10 one from IKEA could be great for one student and easily cleaned.
IKEA side table and Stability ball Chairs in Classroom

AIR CUSHIONS

Made of rubber or plastic and air, can be cleaned or wiped down. My students sat on these on the floor or stools.
Low table and inflatable cushions in classroom

OTHER TIPS:

  • Give kids their own clipboards with their names on it
  • Stricter rules with no moving for the day
  • Spreading out seats  (obviously)

POSSIBLE NO NOS

Check with your own school, district, or principal for definitive answers if these are allowed this fall.
  • rugs
  • soft seats like beach chairs and camp chairs
  • cloth cushions
  • pillows

If you want more basics on the Dos and Don'ts of Flexible Seating, check out my blog post with tips here.

Finally, if you're going to be in school part of full time, and you;'d like a Free, Flexible Seating Guidelines Mini Poster, click here or on the image below. if you have a few seconds to give feedback, I'd be very grateful! Let me know what your flexible seating tips for the pandemic are, and how much you are going to change and how!
Cover of flexible seating guidelines freebie


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