With many schools in the country now offering face-to-face classes, one of the biggest challenges parents must face is keeping their children safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. There may be concerns as the pandemic is not over yet and new variants of the virus (more contagious than the original variants) have been reported.
When you prepare your child to return to their classroom, there are steps you can take to help keep them healthy. And, fortunately, some guidelines can help children and teachers stay safe from COVID-19 at school.
How to keep your school kids as safe as possible
When preparing to send your child back to school, enhance standard COVID-19 precautions, such as wearing a face mask, maintaining physical distance, and washing your hands regularly with soap or disinfectant.
- Wear a mask: WHO and CDC recommend that everyone over 2 years wear a mask that snugly covers their nose and mouth when in school or on a school bus at high risk of COVID-19 infection. I am.Consider these tips when sending your child to school with a mask
- Send your child to school with multiple face masks. Provide your child with a clean mask and backup mask every day. Also, prepare a resealable bag to store the mask when you cannot wear it, such as at lunch.
- Clearly label your child’s mask so that it is not confused with other children’s masks
- Remind your child to clean their hands before and after touching the mask.
- Instruct your child not to share or exchange masks with others
- Physical distance: When at school, teach your child to be at least 3 feet away from others. For some people (staff, teachers, etc.) or some settings (cafeteria or auditorium), it is much safer to be 6 feet away.
- Keep clean: Talk to your child about the importance of keeping yourself clean, washing your hands thoroughly with water and soap, or using hand sanitizers. Covering your cough or sneeze with tissue or your elbows is just as important.
- Clean and disinfect: Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (faucets, doorknobs, laptops, keyboards, tablets, phones, etc.), whether the child goes directly to school or from home through online classes, is an infection. Helps reduce risk.
- Stay home if sick: Monitor your child daily for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. These include:
- Stuffy nose / runny nose
- sore throat
- muscle pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Loss of smell or taste
- Pink eyes
Know and understand the safety measures implemented at school
It is important to ensure that your child’s school adheres to all recommendations set by government health authorities — all precautions necessary to keep your child safe. To take.
The school should be proactive in contacting all safety measures, but be sure to get answers to some of the following questions:
- What changes have been made to buses, cafeterias, classrooms and corridors to ensure social distance?
- Are teachers and staff vaccinated?
- Are all students who go directly to school negative for COVID-19 infection?
- Does the school provide hand washing opportunities and make hand sanitizers readily available?
- Are all high five surfaces disinfected? If yes, how often do you clean it?
- Are staff or students who feel sick asked to stay at home?
- If someone tests positive for COVID-19 at school, what is the school’s plan?
- What is happening about sports and other activities?
- Are additional measures taken to increase ventilation in the classroom or auditorium?
Schools should be encouraged to increase their physical distance by implementing the following measures:
- Reduce the number of children traveling on the school bus
- Use outdoor spaces where possible to teach, break, eat and create one-way streets in school corridors
- Space students’ desks and point everything in the same direction
- Separate students and teachers using physical barriers such as plexiglass shields and partitions
Schools should also encourage students and staff to follow hand hygiene practices, check if their children are wearing masks, and cover their nose and mouth while coughing and sneezing.
Encourage your child to develop daily pre- and post-school routines to develop healthy habits, such as storing backup masks and hand sanitizers in the morning and washing hands as soon as they return home.
Schools need to obtain daily temperature measurements of their students as part of their COVID-19 symptom screening.
To limit the spread of COVID-19 infections and other infections, children should avoid school and other activities and stay at home if there are signs of infection or fever.
Conclusion Communities, families and schools need to work together to ensure that students can be safely and physically together at school where they need it. All eligible individuals, including children, must be vaccinated with COVID-19 (if available). In addition, children should also be vaccinated against the flu, including other routine childhood and adolescent vaccines to prevent infection. If everyone does it little by little, the whole community will win.