Sending your children back to school is looking much different this year thanks to COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends schools open up this fall to in-person learning. However, the traditional open houses might be canceled, class sizes could be smaller, and the school supply list will likely include additional health and safety products. Thankfully, the CDC reports that the best available evidence shows that COVID-19 poses relatively low risks to school-aged children (Source: CDC.gov). It’s a stressful time for parents and teachers, but there are ways you can protect your students from COVID-19 at school.

Practice Good Hygiene 

One of the best ways to avoid getting sick is by washing your hands. Develop this important habit with your children so that it becomes second nature. Help your child wash their hands properly by using warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds (Source: CDC.gov). Teach them to wash their hands after they use the bathroom, after blowing their nose, before they eat, after they come inside from playing, and when they return home from being out in public. Model good handwashing for your children by washing your hands, as well. When soap and water are not available make sure to carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Wear Protective Face Coverings

As schools reopen, many of them will require students to wear masks. One of the best ways parents can help their children with this requirement is to maintain a good attitude about it. Purchase or make several masks for your children that they can wear throughout the week. Be sure that the mask fits your child’s face properly. Help your child choose masks in their favorite colors or patterns just like you would their other school items. Decorating masks or face shields can help your child feel more comfortable wearing it.

Clean School Items Regularly 

As students travel between school and home it’s important to regularly clean items that are used often. Masks and face shields should be cleaned or disinfected after each school day. Other items that may need disinfected more than in the past could include: backpacks, computers, coats, and shoes. Think of items specific to your child that he or she may touch often throughout the day such as eyeglasses.

Boost Your Immune System

You can help your children stay healthy by encouraging immune-strengthening habits. Make sure they are eating nutritious meals and snacks that include plenty of vegetables and fruits. Visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture for snack tips!

Physical activity is also important for good health. Are your children participating in moderate to high activity for at least an hour a day? The CDC reports that routine physical activity can help with the following:

  • Improve cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Build strong bones and muscles
  • Control weight
  • Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression

Sleep is also essential for healthy bodies. School-aged children should be getting 9-11 hours of sleep each night and teenagers should strive for 8-10 hours. (Source: SleepFoundation.org) Establish a bedtime routine and limit electronics in the evening for better sleep.

Call The James Law Firm 

Even with your best effort to stay healthy, medical emergencies can still happen. The James Law Firm has the experience, compassion, and knowledge needed to tackle even the most complex medical cases. If you’re a victim of a medical incident and have been injured anywhere in Iowa, don’t hesitate to call us today at 515-246-8484. We represent clients in Des Moines, Davenport/Quad Cities, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, and more. We will travel to help you!

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