Returning to school during the pandemic holds a completely new meaning and also, new set of challenges for parents.
After months of online schooling, the education department has proposed to reopen schools in a phased manner. While most schools must be preparing to have kids back on campus, we as parents cannot stop worrying about their safety and wellbeing. Along with ensuring that the school follows all the necessary protocols and hygiene standards, we also need to prepare our kids on how to adjust to the new normal and take best precautions while going back to school.
Here are a few safety tips for parents to teach their kids once they are back to school during the pandemic:
1) Talk to the child and reinforce everyday precautions
Most kids are aware of coronavirus and its impact. So simply talk to them about the situation and empower them to do their part to help stop the spread. They need to know and understand how to keep themselves and others protected.
2) Build the habit of wearing the mask
By now all kids must have become habitual of wearing a mask. If not, make them wear a mask in the house for a minimum three hours a day. This will prepare them for wearing the mask on for longer hours when in school.
3) Keep a stock of masks
Have a mask for every day. Since cloth masks need to be washed before being used again, having enough masks will ensure that the child always has a clean mask to wear daily. You can also keep an extra mask in their school bag for emergency purposes.
4) Teach proper mask handling
My kids are habitual of wearing a mask, but they still don’t know how to handle it properly. We have to teach kids to handle the mask with care. While wearing or removing the mask, they should only handle the ear loops or tie strings and disinfect or wash their hands immediately after. If using a disposable mask, they should know how to properly dispose it off.
5) Hand Washing and Sanitizing
Reinforce the idea of washing hands with soap frequently and regularly. It’s best to place a bottle of sanitizer in the child’s bag in a way that it’s easily accessible. Kids should know how to use the sanitizer properly to prevent the spread of germs
6) Maintaining social distancing
Till now kids have been studying online from home, so they may not be completely aware of how to practice social distancing. It’s best to train them for the new normal. I have taught my kids the one-arm-distance rule and how they should maintain the distance by extending both their arms. If reiterated everyday about how to do so, young kids tend to remember it better.
7) Advocate avoiding unnecessary touching.
Train children to avoid touching unnecessary surfaces. While meeting friends they need to avoid hugging or shaking hands. Make them understand why they should use their own water bottles and eat from their own tiffin boxes. Kids are sensitive and since birth we have been teaching them about the value of sharing. However, the new normal demands no sharing for health precautions. So, we need to explain this to our kids with utmost sensitivity and care.
8) Follow the school’s instruction list
It’s going to be a completely different kind of school year. Do check with school the safety measures and protocol they will be following. Most schools will be ensuring complete hygiene and intensive cleaning especially of the high-touch areas like doors, knobs etc. They may ask for disinfectant wipes, extra tissues or facial tissues to be kept in the child’s bag to help make sure the classrooms have enough hygiene supplies for all the students.
As parents our duties do not end in teaching children about measures to be followed when back in school during the pandemic. We also shoulder a big responsibility of securing their future which needs equal care and attention.
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