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Back-To-School…During Covid-19

Back-To-School…During Covid-19

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There is nothing worse than going on that dreaded trip to the store to get all the school supplies our little ones need for the school year. During the current pandemic that is gripping our nation we may need to alter what is on that list. As parents, our number one job is to keep our children safe and a return to school may require additional safety measures. We here at HPFY value the safety of our children and yours and can give you the information you need to keep your child safe while returning to school.

Back to School

Follow Guidelines for School Re-Entry

In order to keep our children safe upon their return to school we need to emphasize (in a calm manner) the need for them to follow certain safety guidelines. With schools being pressured to reopen come September, it is imperative that we as parents give our kids everything they need to stay safe and healthy. The World Health Organization provides guidelines for avoiding coronavirus and they include:

  • Frequent hand washing (soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub, such as hand sanitizer)
  • Cover your mouth/nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Try to maintain social distancing (6 feet between people)
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible

These guidelines seem simple, but in a school setting they may become more difficult. It is important that our children understand why these steps need to be taken without terrifying them. This will make them more comfortable and take some of the burden off of teachers to maintain these guidelines.

A New Toolbox

A new school year means pens/pencils, notebooks, and other items to maximize learning. In order to send our children back to school safely we may need to add some coronavirus-based goodies for our children’s backpacks or lunchboxes. We here at HPFY recommend the following items:

  • Masks: One of the best ways to minimize airborne particulates that can transmit coronavirus’s with a face mask. These can be made of simple multilayer paper or even simple, comfortable cotton. Many of the paper ones are disposable, while others can be washed and reused. With a plethora of options, have fun with your children and choose one that they like. This can improve compliance and help keep them protected.
 
  • Hand Sanitizer: Keeping our hands clean is a great way to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and hand sanitizers can go a long way in helping prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses. These can be packed into our little ones backpacks or lunchboxes so they have one ready at all times. They can even keep one in their desks or lockers so that they can be sure they did everything possible to help prevent the spread of this disease.
 
  • Disinfectant: Recently the FDA has approved the use of certain disinfecting sprays in order to kill the coronavirus. Providing these to our children as they return to school can help them keep their surroundings safer. Whether in spray form or even a wipe, they can keep their work area free from contaminants and stay healthy. You can buy in bulk and make smaller bottles for school. Safe and economic!!
 
  • Scarves: A scarf or neck gator can be used as a face covering or mask. Even a cooling scarf can act as a face covering and keep our children cool during warm weather.
  • UVC Disinfectant Light: These can kill up to 99% of all airborne and surface RNA (including Covid-19 and influenza). These UVC lights are easy for little hands to transport or for use at home to disinfect backpacks and lunchboxes. Every little bit helps in the fight against the spread of coronavirus.
 

Defeating the coronavirus is going to take a team effort. This includes our children if and when they return to school. Preventing the spread requires a pack mentality and taking precautions (such as mask-wearing) cannot only keep you from getting the virus but can keep those around you safer also.

 

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