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School’s back: Crucial resources for parents as kids return to in-classroom learning
Dated: August 7 2021
With September right around the corner, parents and students are gearing up for another school year. Given the current pandemic, however, preparing for SY 2021-2022 will be quite different compared to previous years.
At the top of everyone's mind will be safety, of course. While the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is progressing well, the appearance of the Delta variant is certainly a cause for concern.
As it happens, different states — and even individual schools — have varying return-to-school guidelines. So how do you ensure your kids' safety and health? Start by checking out these resources:
Thanks to the ubiquity of the internet, most schools these days have a website where they post important announcements, including their back-to-school protocols. The school's administrators will usually issue guidelines for personal protective equipment, hand hygiene, and sanitization schedules, among others. It will also provide parents with guidance on screening their kids for illnesses before sending them to school.
School districts supervise local schools; as such, they are tasked with developing and implementing guidelines for how to safely conduct in-classroom instruction. Phoenix Union High School District (PXU), for instance, has a detailed reopening plan that covers everything from enrollment to communicating with parents. If you don't feel confident about sending your kids back to classrooms, you can register them for virtual online learning instead via PXU's website.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Everyone plays a role in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and one of the best ways to do so is by being extra vigilant. Luckily, the CDC offers useful advice on how students can minimize their risk of getting sick. For instance, it provides guidance on proper handwashing since the SARS-CoV-2 virus is transmitted through person-to-person contact. Likewise, it reminds everyone to frequently clean high-touch objects such as student's desks. It also shares concrete steps that parents can follow if their kids are exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
Online blogs and other resources
Getting your kids ready for school is always a challenge and a global pandemic doesn't make things any easier. Luckily, there are many online resources that provide tips that will be of great help. These can help you develop an efficient morning routine, know what to include in your kids’ backpacks, and implement safety protocols when they home return from school. They can also teach you how to make hygiene kits so your children are protected even if they're on the go.
Mental health sites
This extended pandemic has taken a toll on our kids' mental health as well. As they reenter school for the first time in over a year, they will no doubt deal with anxieties and fears. Hence, it's important for parents to read up on mental health so they can provide the support their children need. Mental Health America offers various resources that range from explaining COVID-19 to young kids to dealing with an anxious child.
Keeping students safe and healthy is a crucial part of making communities COVID-free. By using the resources above, parents and children can feel more secure about the upcoming school year.
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