These are historic days, and a Brandon University professor plans to document how COVID-19 has been affecting local schools, in pictures.
BU professor Shelley Kokorudz says she wanted to capture what school spaces, from the classroom and lunchroom to the hallways and playgrounds, look like, "To me this was a really interesting option to access school space and create a story of what is happening in those school spaces without having to worry about close contact, face-to-face interviews with folks."
Kokorudz says inspiration for the project came from an image she saw of kids eating their lunch, spaced 8 to 10 feet apart, unable to be fully engaged with their friends like they normally are, "I sat there and thought there's probably more visual stories that we should see as to how students and teachers are being impacted and what that'll mean for us futuristically."
The ultimate goal of the project is to show how schools have evolved to deal with the pandemic, and how educators might be able to fine-tune the system. At the end of the project Kokorudz says she hopes to create a book with all the photos that will visually represent what the pandemic is like for education, "Once the photographs are completed and we go through the process of analysis, I think there can be a lot to be learned from what we can expect education reform to look like going forward."
Kokorudz noted a copy of the book will be delivered to the libraries of each school that's taking part.