Back-to-School COVID-19 Checklist
This year, back-to-school is going to look a lot different. There will be a lot more going into back-to-school planning than usual. Your school will have undoubtably created a COVID-19 checklist for going back-to-school that they have or will share with you. Schools are putting policies into place to prevent the spread of coronavirus to students and their families. You may live in a state, where the school year is starting out at home, so you’ll need to prepare for virtual learning.
Examples of Coronavirus Back-to-School Changes
Your school’s structure will be different than before. Some examples of changes include:
Hybrid educating: A combination of remote and in-class learning.
Cohorts: Your school may divide students and teachers into groups that stay together through the school day. This keeps groups from mixing with each other.
Virtual educating: Your school may decide to postpone in-class education until case numbers go down.
Preparing for in-person classes
Here is a COVID-19 checklist for going back-to-school in person.
- Check your child each morning for any signs of illness including checking their temperature. If your child has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, you should keep them at home and notify the school.
- Check for symptoms like a sore throat, cough, diarrhea, severe headache, vomiting or body aches.
- Do not take your child to school if they have been in close contact with a COVID-19 case.
- Your school may have a designated person who handles coronavirus communication. Find out who to contact if you suspect your child has coronavirus.
- Familiarize yourself with local coronavirus testing locations in the event you or your child need to get tested. It’s important to have a list of multiple locations, because appointments can fill up.
- Keep your child up to date with all vaccines including the influenza flu vaccine.
- Show your child how to wash their hands properly.
- Pack a water bottle for your child to keep them hydrated. Your school may not provide water and public drinking fountains will probably be closed.
- Create a routine for school days including packing hand sanitizer and back up cloth face coverings.
- Talk to your child about ways to avoid getting ill including washing and sanitizing hands regularly, keeping 6 feet away from other students, wearing their cloth face covering, and avoid sharing objects with other students.
- Create a plan for protecting high-risk family members.
- Make sure your school has up to date emergency contact information.
- Find out what your school’s comms plan for notifying families of exposure is.
- Plan for the possibility that your child’s school may close, and you may be required to quarantine.
- Teach your child the importance of wearing face coverings while riding on the bus or in a carpool to school.
- Ask your school how they will ensure students are following safe practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19
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