With school back in session, districts across Massachusetts have adopted different models with some being full remote and others being hybrid or fully in-person. If your children are going back to school either part or full-time, you’ve probably been thinking a lot about safety. Although schools will be responsible for much of the precautions, there are important steps you should take as well. Here are some in-person schooling COVID safety tips to keep in mind.
Establish Good Habits
The first step to COVID safety is establishing good habits. While at home, remind your kids to wash their hands before eating. Avoid touching their face, mouth or eyes throughout the day. This includes placing pencil or pen tips in their mouths or biting their nails. Establishing good habits will hopefully stay with them while they’re in school. Although educators will likely remind your children to do so, they won’t be with them every moment of the day. These practices must be enforced at home until they second nature.
Invest in Comfortable Masks
Masks are so important, but it can be tough for kids to keep them on all day. Be sure to select masks that fit your child properly,… that they’re not too loose or too tight. A good-fitting mask is key to all day wear. Additionally, look into options that make them more comfortable such as adjustable ear loops. There are also products such as mask brackets that may help.
Wash and Sanitize
In addition to good habits and comfortable masks, don’t forget to sanitize. Wipe down items that your kids bring back from school. Wash reusable masks or throw away disposable ones. Depending on your risk level, you can take added precautions such as having your children change out of their clothes when they get home, shower before bed, avoid wearing shoes in the house, etc.
Summary of In-Person Schooling COVID Safety Tips
It’s clear that in-person learning is beneficial to children, but so is the need to beware of COVID dangers. The COVID safety tips above are a few things you can do to make it safer for your kids to return to school. These precautions can help your family remain safe during these uncertain times.