There are a number of steps and back-to-school safety tips that schools should consider to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in students and help them successfully navigate their return to education.
Going back to school has taken on new meaning and a new set of uncertainties for both parents and teachers during the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). As educational institutes reopen after many months of lockdown, they must maintain a balance between the educational, emotional, and social needs of students along with the safety of students and staff.
Safety Tips for a Safe Back-to-School During COVID-19
To stay safe, there are a number of steps and back-to-school safety tips that schools should consider to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in students and help them successfully navigate their return to education.
Teach students how to wear face masks properly. Encourage them to wear a mask when they are in class for a short period of time and especially when they are visiting public places. Also, train them to wear and remove the mask carefully by using the ear straps. Provide them with extra masks for school so they can change often to prevent COVID-19 while attending lectures. Wearing a face mask is one of the best ways to protect yourself and everyone from getting sick with this deadly pandemic.
Practice Proper Hygiene
Encourage students to wash their hands often throughout the day, especially when they touch something. Establish proper hygiene rules for both home and school. Ask them to wash hands with soap when they leave home and come into the home. Be sure to disinfect your doors, floor, and other areas of the school to provide students with a safe and healthy environment.
Listen to their Concerns
Teachers and parents play a significant role in the life of a student and they are the trusted source of useful information about different walks of life. That’s why it is important for both teachers and parents to listen to their concerns and guide them accordingly. As they are about to visit the school after a long while and are also worried about this critical situation, try to be as available as possible and help them fight the situation bravely and healthily. Whether a child/student is concerned about wearing a face mask or with the type of face mask, make sure to listen to them carefully, and offer appropriate solutions without making them feel worried.
Socialize Again with Fellows
During the critical time of staying home, billions of children around the globe have paused socializing in person with their fellows and other kids. It was imperative for preventing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, but it will make it hard for students to socialize again with their peers when they are back in school. Now is the time to reorient them to meet with each other and socialize in a safe and healthy way. Organizing a student meet up could be a great idea to encourage them for safe socializing before school starts could be. And they should be able to attend the meet up with their parents to ensure proper hygiene practices and mask-wearing etiquettes.
Get back on a Regular Sleep Routine
Most of the students have been on different sleeping routines during the worldwide lockdown due to coronavirus disease. They are now likely to go for bed later and waking up later in the morning. Parents should encourage them to get back on a regular sleep schedule to help them sleep early and get up early in the morning to reach school in a timely manner. Ask them to avoid gadgets and follow consistent bedtime to get ready for back to school.
Train them for Virtual Learning
Most of the educational institutes will remain virtual. Some parents may also decide not to send their children to school. That’s why encourage and train students for online learning in case they are not going to school. Also, explain to them that everyone is different in medical conditions and there are many other things that influence back to school decisions.
Clean and Disinfect Regularly
Whether it is home or school, cleaning and disinfecting the commonly touched surfaces is one of the best safety tips to prevent the spread of coronavirus in this back to school time. Doorknobs, keyboards, gadgets, keyboards, and mobile devices are some of the things that you must clean and disinfect to keep coronavirus away from your children.
Help them Manage Separation Anxiety
After spending long months at home due to the worldwide lockdown, it will hard for children to go back to school and socialize again with their peers. Being apart from family members can be one of the main concerns for students. That is the reason, help them manage separation anxiety and develop a strategy to make your child feel connected to home.