If you’re a parent, chances are you are struggling with the dilemma of whether or not to send your kids to school this fall. The pandemic has lasted longer than the average person would have expected and there is no end in sight. As we begin to move forward most are concerned with how their children be able to attend school safely.
Following recent news it appears that no one can agree on whether schools can open safely. The CDC and government officials are at odds with what the upcoming fall will look like. Many districts have presented parents with various options that include hybrid and full remote learning. One thing we can all agree on is that our children’s safety is a high priority. In thinking about how to keep your children safe consider the following when preparing for back to school.
- Children’s masks: an essential items for kids this summer and fall. Be sure to try them on before buying if possible. Kids are not a one size fits all and it may take a few tries before finding the right one that fits. If returning back to school your child will likely need multiple masks for the week. Keep track of your kid’s masks by labeling each one with their name.
- Hand Sanitizer clips: Make sure you kids is armed with their own hand sanitizer that can be clipped to their backpack, belt loop or purse.
- Practice good hand washing: Let’s be honest, children are not always the best at washing their hands. Use the summer time to practice their hand washing technique. You can even make it fun by helping them choose their own song to sing-a-long.
- Practice wearing a masks: Kids have been out of school for some time and most have been at home where it’s not necessary to wear a mask. Have your child practice wearing a mask for extended periods. Start with one hour a day and slowly increase the length of time.
- Talk with your child about the changes that will occur in school. Reassure them during this time and talk to them about how they are feeling.