August 2020: Back to School Planning

1. Make sure your child is up to date with all recommended vaccines, including for flu. All children should get influenza flu vaccine every season, with rare exceptions.  This is especially important this year because we do not yet know if being sick with Covid-19 at the same time as the flu will result in more severe illness.

2. Review and practice proper hand washing techniques at home, especially before and after eating, sneezing, coughing and adjusting a face cover.

3. Develop daily routines before and after school - for example, things to pack for schoool in the morning like an additional (back up) cloth face covering and hand sanitizer. Also, things to do when you return home, like washing hands immediately and washing worn cloth face coverings. 

4. Talk to your child about precautions to take at school: frequent hand washing, physical distancing, wearing cloth face covering, avoid sharing objects with other students, proper use of hand sanitizer and to monitor how they feel and tell an adult if they are not feeling well. 

5. Make sure your emergency contacts are up to date in Infinite Campus.  Include a contact person who can pick up a sick child from school within 30 minutes of the nurses call home. 

6. Develop a plan for times when your child is directed to quarantine for 14 days or school is closed, related to COVID-19.

7. Cloth Face Coverings

     a. Have multiple cloth face coverings, so you can wash them daily and have back-ups ready.

     b. Label your childs face covering clearly with permanent marker. 

     c. Practice with your child putting on and taking off cloth face coverings without touching the cloth. 

     d. Model wearing cloth face coverings, especially when you are in situations where physical

         distancing is difficult to maintain or impossible. Praise your child for wearing correctly. Put a cloth

         mask on stuffed animals. 

     e. Provide a labeled resealable bag to bring to school to store their cloth face covering when they are

         not wearing it i.e. when eating.