Pandemic Preparation for School

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

As parents, it is our most important job to keep our children safe. This year’s back-to-school will look different as it begins to reopen amidst COVID-19. Sending your children can be scary and cause lots of anxiety when so many factors are uncertain. There are a few ways you can help keep your child healthy.

1. Lead by example.

Your children will put into practice the same precautions that you do regarding Coronavirus. Be sure to be vigilant in washing your hands, wearing your mask, staying home if you’re sick, and avoiding sick people.

2. Make washing your hands fun.

Teach your children how to properly wash their hands with soap and water to help them fight off germs. Make efficiently washing your hands a game or give your children a song to sing while they scrub their hands.

3. Do a smell test every day.

One of the most common symptoms of COVID is losing one’s sense of smell and taste, monitoring these senses can be a way to detect the virus early on. Mealtime is an easy way to check your child’s smell and taste by describing their food.

(Side note: this may also be a good opportunity to remind teenagers to clean their room.)

4. Track your child’s symptoms and monitor his or her temperature.

Be sure to track your child’s health status to be aware of any changes that are caused by the virus.

5. Encourage outside play.

The virus is spread more quickly indoors so have your children play outside to slow down the spread. Playing outside is also good for your children’s physical and mental well-being.

6. If anyone in your family is sick, keep your child home from school.

While most children display mild symptoms or are asymptomatic, it is still crucial to exercise these tips to prevent your family from getting sick and to help stop the spread of the virus.