Parents everywhere are getting ready to send their kids back to school in person, and this year, that’s...complicated. We’re still in a pandemic, and with ever-changing guidelines, feeling prepared for what’s to come this school year might seem futile. How are they protecting my kids in school? Will I have to play teacher again this year? You probably have these and a million other burning questions. While we can’t predict the future, we can help you be as ready for the unknown as possible with these back-to-school safety tips.
Always be prepared.
Let’s be real, young kids don’t understand what’s gross yet, or why it’s not OK to pick their nose and then eat their cheese stick without washing their hands. Keep a Social Safety Pack (or two) in your little germ-magnet's backpack – you never know when they might need an emergency mask or hand sanitizer.
Follow social distancing guidelines and mask mandates.
We’ve been doing this for a long time, and while we had hoped to be back to “normal” by now, we just don’t know what will happen. Make sure to reinforce the guidelines with your kids. With all the changes in routine, it’s important to remind them that these rules still apply to school. You might be surprised at how easygoing they are about wearing their face covering—especially if it’s comfortable. Take it one step further and grab a touchless thermometer to get a read on your kid’s temp before dropping them off at school and avoid having them sent home in the middle of the day.
Understand your school’s official policies.
Know what your school is doing to keep kids safe, down to the nitty-gritty details. Your school should have reached out with their health and safety measures, but make sure they’ve answered all the questions you have. Are masks required at all times? How are they preparing for 100% capacity? Will there be online or hybrid opportunities? Are there any new policies or procedures to be aware of? Don’t be afraid to ask questions–and get the answers you need for peace of mind.
Listen to your kids.
Your kiddos are the ones going to school day in and day out, so listen to their concerns and talk them through whatever is worrying them. Explain their school’s safety measures and why they have to follow them – kids are more responsive when their feelings are reassured.
Trust your gut
If you’re not satisfied with the safety measures your school has lined up, reach out and ask for more information. A lot has changed over the summer, some good and some bad – so trust your instincts when it comes to your LO’s safety this school year.
With a little bit of preparation, even the most daunting school year is doable. And remember: We’re in this together.