From partying to studying: McDonald’s turns more than 200 event venues to classrooms

From partying to studying: McDonalds turns more than 200 event venues to classrooms
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The global food brand celebrates its 40th year by helping students survive the pandemic.

The persisting pandemic has wreaked through several sectors, but perhaps none have been crippled worse than teachers and students who have both had to struggle with distance learning. Teachers’ Internet connections often crumble beneath their virtual workload, while students could hardly maintain focus inside their cramped homes.

Fortunately, McDonald’s in the Philippines had a bright idea in mind: transforming 221 party venues into makeshift learning lounges called McClassrooms.

Launched just in time for the celebration of National Teachers’ Month, the McClassroom takes a McDonald’s branch’s typical birthday area into a space that accommodates the needs of both teachers and students for a safe, work-friendly space, accessible Wi-Fi, and even free snacks!

To ensure safety inside these spaces, attendees may choose between two time slots — one in the morning and in the afternoon — and reserve a session by pre-registering at their preferred participating store. Walk-ins will be allowed as long as there are available slots.

Teachers need to present a valid teacher’s ID or PRC ID to take advantage of the co-working spaces, while students must show a valid ID or a school ID to verify that they are 18 years old or above. All attendees must also bring their vaccination cards to confirm that they have been fully vaccinated.

Inside, your usual health and safety protocols still apply. To ensure physical distancing, a maximum of two teachers and/or students per time slot per store are allowed inside the venue. They must also wear their face masks and face shields at all times.

Interested teachers and students can make use of McClassrooms starting October 11 to November 5. To check if there’s a McClassroom near you, check this list of participating stores.

Art Daniella Sison

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