Adapting to the New Normal


Everywhere in the world, over the past year, we have had to drastically alter or adapt our habits due to the spread of COVID-19.  While the storm is not yet behind us, new ways of consuming products and services, getting together, traveling, working, studying, etc. have emerged. These have now become new standards for daily life and work. 

The “New Normal”

Now, with the recent news of the extension of the state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, and 8 other prefectures in Japan, we must continue to remain vigilant and be mindful of the basic rules to protect oneself and others from the spread of the virus. Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike and internet personality, Fuwa-chan, discuss some advice below:

Governor Koike Yuriko and Fuwa-chan discuss the “new normal”

What has Covid-19 changed in the education industry?

Some universities as well as a number of language schools were prompt to react as soon as the COVID-19 outbreak hit. Moving into 2021, there is a consensus among all players in the industry on what adapting to the “new normal” means for the education companies.

First, lessons and courses should be provided via online platforms in order to be able to continue delivering education services. Universities nowadays deliver 80% to 100% of their curriculum via online platforms while many language schools have had to start offering online lessons if they were not already doing so.

Students at RSLC can study English online

Second, for schools who continue to deliver face-to-face lessons, several changes have to be made to ensure a clean and safe environment for students and employees alike. At our RSLC branches, these include:

Temperature checks

Everyone’s temperature gets checked when they enter school premises


Teachers wipe down desks before and in between lessons

Personal hygiene

Alcohol sprays , wet wipes, and hand sanitizers are placed all around the school to help students and teachers disinfect their hands

Physical distancing

Fewer lesson booths are opened, and students and teachers are separated by thick plexiglass partitions

Face masks

Face masks are required at all times to reduce risk of virus transmission

Air quality

Air purifiers around the school help clean the air and combat dryness

More than implementing these “new normal” measures for health and well-being, paying attention to cleanliness is also important for creating a conducive study and work environment for our students and staff. Although it was a crisis that forced us to be more mindful of good hygiene habits, we are happy to have learned and improved from it as well.