Going Back to School During a Pandemic
Since the economy plummeted from the lack of people working while in quarantine, businesses are reopening and people are going back to work. And, that means kids are going back to school. However, students are given the option of either going to school in an actual classroom or doing virtual school in the comfort of their home. Of course, doing virtual school has little to no risk, but for the students that are going to school, they could risk their lives if they are not too careful. So, how can students stay safe and go to school? Here are some procedures students and parents can practice to ensure safety in their households.
1. Wear a Mask at All Times at School
Going out in an open place can be less of a risky task because you can easily distance yourself from others. However, going to school, a more secluded and limited area, can be a little hard. That's why it's important to wear a mask to limit the spread of the virus to others and yourself. A fabric mask or a regular mask is acceptable. For drastic measures, N-95s and face shields are the best options to provide full protection. Practicing this protocol can help provide a safer environment for your school and limit the number of cases in your county if done right.
2. Maintain a Physical Distance from your Peers
Being locked in for 4 months affected a lot of aspects of your life, especially your social life. So, it's understandable that you feel a sense of excitement and joy when you first see your friends after all this time. However, you have to remember that there is still a pandemic, and staying in close contact with your friends would lead to major problems. So, as hard as it sounds, try your best to maintain a social distance from your friends and peers. It is still possible to talk to them, just avoid touching or any sort of physical contact.
3. Check For Symptoms every Morning
If you ever feel any slight cold or runny nose, don't risk going to school. Going to school and experiencing symptoms would make matters worse. Remember that one little mishap can cause mayhem. Every morning, check for a fever with a thermostat or see if you have any cold-like symptoms. If your symptoms become apparent and consistent, quarantine yourself as soon as possible to prevent spread in your local school and even your household.
4.Be Up to date with Vaccines
As controversial as it sounds, keeping up to date with vaccines is important to avoid any conflict within your school. Dealing with COVID-19 is dangerous enough, having more diseases spreading and more death cases because of un-vaccinated students would create more chaos in your school environment. Instead, try your best to be on track with your physical exams, vaccines, etc. These vaccines can improve your immunity, as it provides pathogens that your body is trained to fight. So, keeping up to date with your vaccines can give you a sort of "protection boost" when you go back to school.
5.Keep Others Informed
Informing others about the precautions and the dangers of not practicing them can make a positive impact. Just the spread of information alone can possibly lower coronavirus cases and get us out of this pandemic. Therefore, it is important to correct others that aren't following proper procedures because it could lead to a much bigger problem if not taken care of. The rise of coronavirus cases all root to our actions. If we do not act appropriately, the cases are going to worsen and possibly lead to another quarantine. Another round of months without friends and the outside world to comfort us.
- COVID-19: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers | CDC
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- How to Go "Back to School" During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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