Heading “Back to School” During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The pandemic has caused a monumental shift towards virtual learning.
Since the outbreak, many students have been tackling schoolwork and attending classes online from the comfort of their home. While some students will continue learning virtually, many students will return back to school for distant learning. It should be noted that for some students, schools are more than just academics. Attending school in-person teaches students social and emotional skills. In addition, schools provide students with healthy meals, internet access, and other support services that might not be available to them at home. It is understood that returning back to school amidst the pandemic may cause many students to experience anxiety and increased levels of stress. The following recommendations were written based on information from the CDC. These recommendations may help limit the spread of COVID-19.
How Students Can Stay Safe
- Wash hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, and sanitize them regularly
- Wear a cloth face covering, and take extras with you
- Maintain at least 6 feet distance from other students and teachers
- Bring disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces prior to use
- Do not share any objects with other students including: books, pens, devices, etc.
What to Expect from School
- Having your temperature checked
- Classroom doors being left open
- Having lunch, and sometimes class outside
- Possible school closures or required quarantine periods if there is a positive COVID-19 case within the school