Month: August 2021

School environments have evolved a lot over the past year and a half. As we see schools go back to traditional schedules this fall, it’s important to remember to take safety precautions to ensure everyone’s health and safety. Each school district is different in terms of what is required. Some are requiring students to wear masks, while others are not. Whatever situation you might be in, there are additional items you can have in your classroom to help students and teachers stay healthy and safe.

Here is a list of our top 5 products to help you welcome students back to your classroom.

1. Sanitizing Stations

A lot of germs can be passed around at school. Especially when you have a full classroom. Students are sharing everything from notes, textbooks, and pencils to name a few. Placing sanitizing stations in classrooms and around the school can help eliminate germs to keep both students and teachers healthy. Parents will also be thrilled if their children don’t bring home all of those germs on a daily basis! Be sure to check out the OfficeSource Automatic Freestanding Sanitizer Dispenser. It would make the perfect additions to your classroom.

2. Easy to Clean Furniture

Each classroom set up is different and while some students might stay in the same classroom all day, there are others that will rotate rooms multiple times throughout the day, sharing desks with many other students. Having furniture that is easy to clean is essential to help limit the spread of germs between classes. Even better, the OfficeSource Mario Collection features stackable desks and chairs that are easy to clean and mobile!

3. Acrylic Barriers

If your classroom does not have the space for proper social distancing, or you are set up to have students sitting at the same table, acrylic barriers can make a huge difference in preventing the spread of germs as well as give them more separation and privacy. OfficeSource acrylic screens are the perfect solution. They come in a variety of sizes in order to fit the needs of your space and furniture.

4. Portable Barriers

Just like everyone has had to adapt to the changing world around them, your classroom should be ready to adapt as well. Portable barriers are a great way to put a physical barrier between people. Whether you are trying to keep students separated from each other or put a barrier between a teacher and their students, portable barriers are a great way to do that. OfficeSource has a variety of SafeGuard Barriers, some with clear side panels and others with solid, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.

5. Cubby Storage

Another way to limit the spread of germs is to assign each student a cubby for storage. Having less at their desk that they can pass around and share will help limit how many people are touching their things. The OfficeSource Cubby Cabinet is stackable up to three high, so you can build a storage system that works best for your space and help keep personal items clean and safe.

Our Office Source furniture line offers many products that can help you get your classroom ready for school this year. Even better, most things are mobile, which means as this world continues to change and navigate this pandemic, your classroom will be able to adapt with it.

If you have any questions about our products or how they can help you, please reach out and contact us. We also love to hear your feedback!

Eric Kennedy, a PA Warehouse team member became our first second time COE Warrior, receiving the helmet because of his dedication to the company and the core values. Keep up the good work and continue being an example of what COE is all about! To read what receiving this honor means to Eric, please continue below.

1. What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

It means a lot when someone you don’t think recognizes what you are doing does and rewards you for it.

2. What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

I looked at everyone around me to see who is putting in the most effort and just went by that.

3. How has COE helped you to get where you are?

Mostly that this company shows me how good it feels to know you gave everything you have and the way you feel after a job well done.

4. What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there? Personal and operational growth.

I am going to try to take the hard work ethic I acquired here and apply it to now raising three girls!

5. What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

Having a chance to be recognized.

6. What are you most excited for when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

Tickets and being able to hang out at the games with my work family and real family!

7. What COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

Quality and Customer Service – I like doing the best I can to make everyone happy.

8. Share some fun facts about yourself!

I am left-handed and I am getting so old that hair is growing out of my ears, haha!