As we ease into a new school year, it is important to keep in mind that there are still risks of exposure to COVID-19. In order to limit the risk, here are some common tips to ensure the safety of you and your family.
Safety Benefits of Wearing Face Masks
There are various school policies currently in place for face masks. Whether it is a requirement or not, students can voluntarily wear a mask if they would prefer to.
Face masks are most effective for those who have caught COVID and wish to limit its spread. It is recommended that teachers and children who have been exposed to COVID wear a face mask for at least 10 days.
When planning for your child to wear a face mask to school, it’s important to ensure that it properly fits and is comfortable to wear. Be sure their mask is clean and they have a backup mask in case it gets misplaced or dirty throughout the day. Another tip we suggest is to label your child’s mask to ensure it doesn’t get traded or used by another child.
Safety Benefits of Washing Hands
Frequently washing your hands is still an effective measure against spreading germs and bacteria. This means using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. When combined with keeping hands away from the face, this also helps to slow the spread of the virus.
Safety Benefits of Staying Home When Sick
If your child tests positive for COVID, they should stay at home. The symptoms of COVID can mimic symptoms of a common cold or flu depending on its severity so it is important to get tested as soon as your child feels sick.
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For more information about COVID-19, click here to visit the CDC website.