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As schools reopen around the world, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to curb the spread of COVID-19 in educational settings. From packing hand sanitizer to wearing a face mask, keep reading to discover three key tips for keeping your children safe as they head back to school.
First and foremost, avoid sending sick children to school at all costs. Any child that is exhibiting symptoms, such as a fever or a cough, should stay at home. Although it may be inconvenient, parents need to develop a routine for checking their child for a fever each morning before they leave for school. Unfortunately, not all schools have the ability to test each student before they enter, so the onus is really on the parents to conduct an at-home assessment. If you believe your child is sick and may have COVID-19, it is best to follow the guidelines set out by the CDC.
Assuming your child is not exhibiting any symptoms and is able to go to school, be sure to pack a face mask and hand sanitizer in their backpack. While schools are working hard to significantly reduce or altogether eliminate the sharing of items in a classroom, disinfecting your hands on a regular basis is critical for curbing the spread of COVID-19. Alcohol-based sanitizer should be used regularly throughout the day, such as on the bus to school, in addition to hand washing in the bathroom. Further, face coverings are vital to stopping the spread of the virus. That is why children should be sent to school with a minimum of two face masks in case one gets dirty or rips, and face masks should be worn at all times when it is impossible to social distance. Some school districts have even made masks mandatory while indoors for certain grades.
Parents and teachers alike should consider taking a first aid training course, such as those offered by L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training. Not only will such a course teach you what to do in the event that one of your students is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, but it will teach you how you can best protect yourself from this highly contagious virus while treating others. First aid training is valuable in all aspects of life, but is especially important right now given that we are in the midst of a global pandemic.