DoctorsCare shares tips on how to prepare your child going back to school during the pandemic
Whether your child is going back to school in person or virtually, there are some things you can do to help your child adjust.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), some changes in classroom attendance and structure may include:
- Cohorts: Dividing students and teachers into distinct groups that stay together throughout the entire school day.
- Hybrid: A mix of virtual and in-class learning.
- Virtual: Students and teachers engage only in virtual classes, activities and events.
Planning for In-Person Classes
- Make sure your child does not have a sore throat or other signs of illness, like cough, diarrhea, severe headache, vomiting, or body aches.
- Your child should not go to school if they have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher.
- If your child has had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they should not go to school.
- Ask how your school plans to help ensure that students are following practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Have multiple masks, so you can wash them daily.
- Choose masks that:
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
- Completely cover the nose and mouth.
- Are secured with ties or ear loops.
- Include multiple layers of fabric.
- Allow breathing without restriction.
- Can be washed and machine dried without damage or change to shape.
- Label your child’s mask with a permanent marker.
- Have them practice putting it on and taking it off without touching the cloth.
- Explain the importance of wearing masks.
Planning for Virtual Learning
- Try to attend school activities and meetings about virtual learning.
- Create a schedule with your child and make a commitment to stick with it.
- Try to find a space in your home that is free of distractions.
- Find virtual opportunities for your child to connect with peers.
There are resources available for you to navigate the stress and uncertainty of returning to school during this pandemic:
- CDC Stress and Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- CDC Parent Portal
- CDC Children’s Mental Health
- Bullying Prevention Resources
- Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs in Emergencies
DoctorsCare wants you to stay healthy during this uncertain time. Please practice social distancing and wash your hands often.
DoctorsCare is also offering Telehealth. Book a video visit and get access to DoctorsCare from the safety of your home. Learn more on our Telehealth page.
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