With all the strict rules to be followed no school will be the same as in the pre-pandemic times. It’s absolutely necessary for you as a parent to prepare your kids to adjust to the new life they will be facing (an excerpt from Article 1 of the series, click here to read).
6. Proper Washroom Hygiene
Apart from following proper mask hygiene, it is important to take extra care while using washrooms in schools. It’s a place where the virus will be in the air from various secretions. Teach your kids a few tips to stay safe here.
- Instruct them to only enter a washroom 10 or more minutes after the previous user.
- Tell them not to remove their mask in the washroom and not to touch their face.
- Ask them to wash hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
- Tell them to use a paper towel to open and close the door and not to touch any surfaces and use paper towels to dry their hands.
- Also, keep in line to use the washroom if there is a crowd.
7. Good Meal-time Hygiene
To start with, make sure you pack individual lunch and stacks for your kids. You can also start teaching them to:
- wash hands before eating
- discourage any food sharing
- encourage the use of sanitized water bottles instead of water dispensers at school
- practice using a face shield during meal breaks, when masks need to be temporarily removed.
8. Boost Immunity
Follow a healthy lifestyle with proper exercise and eating habits. Include vegetables, fruits, and other whole food in your daily meal plan. Calcium and Vitamin supplements can be taken if needed with your doctor’s guidelines.
9. Do Not Share School Supplies
Buy necessary school supplies for your kids and label them. Ask them not to share with anyone for everyone’s well-being. Advice them to be responsible for their own items so that they do not have to ask others.
10. Socialize Despite The Rules
Parents can help kids continue to socially develop in spite of physical distance by providing chances for interactive play such as board games with family members, and taking advantage of social media and video apps for your kids to contact their friends or family members. They should be able to get into the society normally both during the pandemic and after.