10 Simple Socially Distanced Seating Arrangements for Classrooms

Teachers have had to get creative with distancing 30 kids in some pretty small classrooms.

Socially-distanced classroom layouts with chairs staggered around classroom.

It’s hard to believe that we’re entering the third year of pandemic teaching, but here we are! Some districts have no mandates, while others are encouraging preventive measures. No matter what we’re doing now, things will probably change throughout the school year. During times like these, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan (and a backup plan for the backup plan). Need inspiration for simple socially distanced seating arrangements for classrooms? We’ve got you covered!

1. Try staggering desks

First and second grade combination classroom wood desks and floor flooring

This teacher staggered her desks to create more room for her first and second grade students.

Source: Elena Brynildson

2. Use longer tables

Students in a colorful art classroom with desks in socially-distanced seating arrangements

If you have access to longer tables, they can help students stay apart.

Source: @mscamilavasconcelos



3. Dive deep

Elementary school classroom with socially-distanced seating and ocean theme with whales

An ocean theme with plexiglass dividers can make socially distanced seating arrangements more fun.

Source: @mrs.dunnimdone

4. Create layers

Flexible seating with desks of various heights in elementary classroom

Use desks of different heights and a variety of seats to keep things interesting!

Source: @thedelightfulmrsdetine

5. Try trio seating

Middle school classroom light colored desks arranged in groups of three with grey carpet

In districts that allow students to face each other, this is a good option and facilitates group work.

Source: @middleschoolfrolics

6. Stagger the layout

First grade classroom light colored floors, red cabinet and desks facing whiteboard

Keep it simple and save your sanity, especially if you’ve got a large class!

Source: @mrslesserismore

7. Be flexible

Yoga mats cut into squares on floor of classroom for flexible seating

This teacher cut up old yoga mats for easy floor seats.

Source: @mehermagic_ms.karima

8. Create storage

Students sitting at desks with laptops and storage drawers in classroom

Dividers help separate and storage can move away from the walls and next to desks in order to make more space.

Source: @thedepaulschoolalumni

9. Make use of all the space

Colorful yoga mats in kindergarten classroom with plastic tray desks and organizers

Can’t have morning meeting? Make use of the carpet space with additional seating.

Source: @thewanderingteach

10. Mark the spot

Socially-distanced seating arrangements created with tape on the floor in classroom

Use tape to simplify socially distanced seating arrangements. Make sure everyone’s in the right spot at a glance!

Source: @ausomelyasd

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10 Simple Socially Distanced Seating Arrangements for Classrooms