Who would have thought that facemask, not backpacks would be the number one back to school essential for the 2020/2021 school year? As most schools will be resuming in the next few weeks and with all that is going on in the world now, taking stock of everything necessary to ensure our kids are safe as they return to school is important. We put together a list of things or to-dos we consider necessary to protect our children from the virus.
Facemask or Face Shield: Most states have mandated the use of masks or face shields in public places including schools to prevent the transfer of droplets from person to person. Ugochi Iwuaba, Victoria Secrets, Carter’s, and a host of other stores make very comfortable, washable, and durable masks. You should purchase some for your kids.
Thermometer: For kids who will be taking in-person classes, temperatures will be taken every morning before kids are allowed into the school premises. It would be better to check your child’s temperature at home before they leave the house, that way, they don’t get to be sent back home just a few minutes after leaving the house.
Hand Sanitizer or disinfecting wipes: Hand sanitizers are a must-have. Most schools have been mandated to provide sanitizers or disinfecting wipes to their students. However, parents will be doing their kids some good providing portable hand sanitizer key chain or bracelet dispensers for easy access when needed.
Healthy meals and snacks: Parents should stock the house with healthy snacks and as much as is within their power provide healthy meals for their kids. This will help boost their immunity. Fruits like oranges, apples, banana, blueberries, grapes, and vegetables like carrots, spinach, ginger, garlic will make good meal accomplices.
Multivitamins: Even though food remains the ultimate source of body nutrients. Multivitamins rich in vitamins C, B, A, and a couple of other immune-boosting vitamins and nutrients would go a long way to help fortify and help develop our children’s immune systems as they go back to school, this is especially useful for kids who are picky eaters.
Water bottles: This is not the time for kids to drink water directly from water fountains or school taps. It’s safer to ensure your kids have personal water bottles that can then be refilled as needed.
Extra towels: Parents should work out a plan that works for them, but in the era of COVID, towels used before shower should not be used after a shower if you’ve been out of the house all day. Clothes and towels should also be frequently washed and properly air-dried.
Personal Hygiene Education: The need for this cannot be overemphasized. Parents should take time out to educate their kids on the importance of personal hygiene.
COVID -19 Education: By now, it’s safe to assume your child already knows about the coronavirus, how it is spread, and ways to protect themselves as they return to school. Parents should, however, constantly remind their kids of the need to keep their hands to themselves, avoid overcrowded places, and take mask breaks when they are away from people to avoid suffocation.
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