Back to school is around the corner. Undoubtedly, this year will be considerably different for children returning due to COVID-19. We’ve shared how you can protect your child and help them cope with all the changes.
During these unprecedented times, schools have provided parents with an option of either online learning or in school learning. Parents have a difficult decision to make as to if they are comfortable sending their children back to school, here is a great tool to help you with that.
If you decided to send them back, you know that schools will be taking all necessary precautions to keep them safe. Regardless of what you choose to do, we’ve compiled a list of the best tips to take health and safety a step further this coming September. Not to mention, we’ve included ways to help your children cope with all the COVID-19 changes.
Ways to Protect Children Against & Cope with COVID-19
#1 Reinforce habits at home
To ensure your child practices healthy habits and good hygiene at school, make sure they are used to frequent hand washing and other preventative measures. Here is a great video to show them the importance of killing COVID-19 germs.
#2 New daily routine
Some suggest that the following additions to your daily routine are best practice:
- Take your child/children’s temperature every morning, as this is one of the first signs of COVID-19.
- Before leaving the house, put masks on.
- As soon as your child/children arrive home from school, have them shower immediately and wash their clothing.
A great way to help your children cope with COVID-19 is to keep a regular schedule/routine, as this provides a sense of control and understanding.
#3 Establish "COVID-19” communication
Considering the seriousness surrounding COVID-19, discussing it with your children is important. That said, the way you discuss it is vital; try to focus on the positive and educate them instead of making them fearful, as this aids them in coping with the situation. This is a confusing time for everyone so make sure you explain terms and concepts, so they are informed.
#4 Take extra safety precautions
Extra precautions may include avoiding the school bus and driving them to school instead, bringing lunches from home in a disposable bag instead of reusable, and purchasing a proper fitting and comfortable mask for them.
#5 Explore your options
Mathnasium is offering an alternative to sending your children to school – you can send them to one of their participating locations. If you’re not able to stay home with your children to assist them with online learning you can send them to Mathnasium, where they will be able to learn independently within a structured and safe environment. Not to mention, they have the advantage of having professional math tutors on hand. Here are two locations where this service is currently available: St. Catharines and Grimsby/Stoney Creek.