As kids prepared to head back to school , parents had more to think about than just stocking up on notebooks and pencils. With the coronavirus outbreak still present across the state , school districts across the State have already implemented additional health and safety precautions to slow the spread of corona virus
Still, there’s a number of steps parents can take to help keep their kids healthy during the school year.
State health officers, has led the charge in mitigating the spread of corona virus .They shared a number of best practices that will help prevent a rise in infections and keep kids in the classroom.
The big four
For the last sixth months, health experts have preached the same advice over and over again:
wear your mask,
wash your hands,
keep a safe social distance
and stay home when you’re sick.
While such advice may have gotten repetitive, there’s a good reason behind it.Those four steps will be most important for the continuation of in-person learning.
Going into the school year
One of the best things parents can do to protect those at school is to keep your child home when they’re sick during Coronavirus transmission
This is always important in any school year, but it’s especially important for this year.
We should ask parents to follow the school screening guidelines that schools are putting out:
- Each morning, making sure that their children are not having any symptoms,
- And if they are having symptoms to keep them at home;
- If possible, call their health care provider to talk about whether they should be tested for coronavirus .
- And make sure to keep the students out until at least 24 hours after their symptoms have been totally resolved.
- Parents should check in with their kids every morning before school to make sure they’re not feeling ill.
- Keeping a safe social distance will also protect students and their peers,
- So parents should reinforce the importance of social distancing at home.
The easiest way for corona virus to spread is when two people are in close contact for more than 15 minutes.
If we can limit the time that students are near other students or near teachers, that is going to really help limit the spread of corona virus in schools, and in every other setting.
For instances where social distancing isn’t possible,
Students and teachers should wear face masks to protect those around them.
While getting kids to wear a mask can be a challenge
Parents can find some with their child’s favorite characters or pick up fun colors they can match to their outfits.
Now a list of companies selling fun face masks for kids, including ones with Disney characters, dinosaurs and adorable patterns, which you can find at your local store also
Face coverings help make sure that if somebody does have coronavirus and maybe doesn’t know it because they don’t have symptoms yet, it helps keep them from spreading it to other people.
Last, but certainly not least, parents should reinforce the idea of regular hand washing with their kids
Kids should be sure to wash their hands before and after a meal, after classes like gym or art, and any time after they touch a shared surface, whether it’s a basketball or a railing on the stairs.
Kids should use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not possible.
Washing hands is a very simple recommendation. It is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of all types of infections include corona virus.
IT also offered some additional steps for concerned parents as their kids begin the school year
While those four actions are the most important precautions to take, there are some other concern also.
Minimize shared surfaces and spaces
“Sharing is caring” is normally a great lesson to teach kids, but it can be more harmful than helpful during the corona virus pandemic.
It recommended that parents send their kids to school with all the equipment they need – water bottles, pencils, calculators – to minimize unnecessary contact with other students.
coronavirus can be transmitted on surfaces, as well as from droplets in the air, which is why it’d be beneficial for kids to have their own school supplies and not share them with their peers.
Another step concerned
Parents can take is driving their kids to school, rather than putting them on the school bus,
though there’s nothing wrong with taking the bus.
Walking or getting driven to school is simply another way to reduce the number of people and surfaces a child comes in contact with.
Having some kids use different transportation options will also make taking the bus safer for those who choose to do so.
Then, reduces the number of kids that are taking the bus and potentially makes spread less likely in that situation.
Get a flu shot
Getting a flu shot is always important, but it’ll be even more vital for keeping kids in school this year.
The flu shot does not protect against Novel coronavirus, but it does protect against the flu, makes it less likely that kids will get the flu, makes it less likely that they’ll get really sick from the flu and need to miss a lot of school.
If a COVID-19 case is confirmed in a classroom
Kids should be sent home to participate in online learning as they quarantine for two weeks. , but it’s hard to predict just how often kids will have to learn from home.
the flu shot is an easy way to help keep kids in the classroom.
We don’t have that vaccine yet for Novel coronavirus
We’re anxiously awaiting the day when we do, but we do have one for flu, so that is at least one thing that we can do to help prevent the spread of that virus in our schools,
- Set a good example at home
The best way to ensure your kids are following health precautions.
Please get your kids to wash their hands regularly,
wear a mask and maintain social distance.
Working health precautions into your family’s everyday routine so these practices become the norm, rather than the exception.
It’s important for kids to take precautions at school, but the same rings true for parents going to work or the grocery store.
The best thing that parents can do is incorporate ( Novel coronavirus precautions) into all the activities that they do as a family,
and model what we’re asking kids to do in school.
Not only will it help the kids understand what we’re asking them to do, but it also gives them a chance to practice. Then, the additional benefit is that it will make it less likely than anyone else in the family gets sick with coronavirus