The CDC’s Checklists Are a Helpful Resource
Returning to live instruction in the classroom, whether it happens in stages or all at once, is sure to be challenging to teachers, parents, and school administrators. But let’s not forget that . . .
The transition back to live learning will challenge students more than it will challenge anyone else
“Your” kids – whether you are a parent or a teacher – will face an emotional upheaval. Their relationships with parents and siblings will be disrupted. They might have to adjust to getting up earlier in the morning, to taking buses to and from school, and to other altered routines. And then there is the fact that no matter how old they are, they will be reentering a challenging social environment that is probably filled with friends, cliques, clubs, crushes, and events.
We can’t just expect students to go back to school, sit down at a desk, and resume classroom life as though the Covid-19 pandemic had never happened.
A Resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC has recently published some very helpful checklists to help parents and schools plan for students’ return to live learning. You can check them out HERE.
For example, here are some of the CDC’s pointers for parents whose children are returning to school:
Review and practice proper hand hygiene at home, especially before and after eating, sneezing, coughing, and adjusting a mask.
Make handwashing fun and explain to your child why it’s important.
Be familiar with how your school will make water available during the day. Consider packing a water bottle.
Develop daily routines before and after school—for example, things to pack for school in the morning (like hand sanitizer and an additional (back up) mask) and things to do when you return home (like washing hands immediately and washing masks).
Talk to your child about precautions to take at school. Children may be advised to:
- Wash and sanitize their hands more often.
- Keep physical distance from other students.
- Wear a mask.
- Avoid sharing objects with other students, including water bottles, devices, writing instruments, and books.
- Use hand sanitizer (that contains at least 60% alcohol). Make sure you’re using a safe product.
- Monitor how they feel and tell an adult if they are not feeling well.
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