With schools opening for classes for Fall 2020, many children are anxious to see their friends again and return to the classroom. But COVID-19 has completely changed how we interact with others during this troubled time. Your children may be excited to go back to school, but this school year will not be like any other. You should prepare your children for school in a COVID-19 environment.
Talk to Your Kids About COVID-19
Your children may not know the details of COVID-19. They may know that things have changed, but they may not know the specifics. As their parent, it is your responsibility to teach your children what COVID-19 is and how to prevent the spread of the virus. You may have to tell them repeatedly that they cannot touch their fellow classmates, even though they’re used to giving them hugs. You need to open a dialogue with your children about coronavirus and teach them what they can do to prevent the spread.
Teach Them Good Hygiene
Part of teaching them what they can do to prevent the spread includes teaching them good hygiene. The CDC has already made recommendations to schools to keep students and faculty safe, which you should prepare your kids for, but you should also tell them what they can do to keep themselves safe. This includes avoiding touching their face and washing their hands frequently. You can practice proper handwashing hygiene by singing the birthday song twice with them as they wash their hands thoroughly with soap. Teaching them good hygiene will help them be prepared for the restrictions that they will face when they go back to school.
Have Them Practice Wearing a Mask
Another thing that you can have them practice is wearing a mask. Masks aren’t fun, but wearing one will likely be mandated for your children while they are at school. You can find a mask that they like, one that’s comfortable and has a fun pattern and have them practice wearing the mask at home to get used to it. The practice will be beneficial when the school year starts when they will be required to wear a mask all the time in the classroom.
This school year will be unlike anything your children have ever faced before. Make sure that you prepare them now for the adventure the school year will bring.
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