Reiterate the regular precautions.

You are aware of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, as well as what to do if your child appears to be ill. Furthermore, you’ve most likely spent the whole summer reminding your children of the safeguards they must take on a daily basis to avoid being sick.

But, despite your best efforts, you’ve undoubtedly caught your children standing too close to other people, leaving their masks in the school bus or at home, and failing to wash their hands after touching common surfaces.

As you prepare to send your children back to school, be sure to repeat the daily COVID-19 precautions they will need to remember, as well as why these measures are so effective:

  •  Even if your child is immunized, social distance is still crucial. COVID-19 is most likely to transmit from person to person, particularly amongst those who come into close touch with one another. Furthermore, while COVID-19 vaccinations give excellent protection against severe disease, no vaccine is 100 percent effective at avoiding infection. Remember that an infected person might be asymptomatic yet nonetheless infectious.
  • Wearing a mask helps control potentially contagious respiratory droplets that may be discharged when breathing, talking, or coughing — especially when social distance is difficult and even if the individual isn’t aware they’re sick.
  • Washing your hands can help reduce your chances of being ill by contacting a contaminated surface and then transmitting the virus to your eyes, nose, or mouth if you touch your face. Surface-to-person transmission is not the predominant mode of COVID-19 transmission, although infectious respiratory droplets can contaminate neighboring surfaces in the same manner that an infected person emits respiratory droplets that have the potential to infect individuals nearby.


Talk about the importance of safety to your children.

As a parent, you play a vital role not just as a reliable source of information, but also as a confidant.

It’s critical that your child feels safe expressing any fears or anxieties he or she may have about returning to school during the epidemic, so be as available and prepared as possible. Being vulnerable is difficult, so if the issue does not come up on its own, you may need to begin the conversation.

Whether your kid is worried about having to wear a mask all day or what may happen if there is a proven case at school, make sure you’re listening carefully, empathizing often, and assisting your child in coping with his or her concerns in a comforting manner.