After the challenges of last year, kids finally get to be kids again. This upcoming school year means being reunited with friends, having some sort of regular schedule again, and finally having the chance to show off those new clothes, backpacks, and clever school supplies. Good for them and good for parents, right?
While there still are concerns about keeping kids safe from the latest COVID-19 variants, at least parents won’t have to worry about teaching common core math or listening to lessons in between conference calls. What a dream!
Now that back-to-school season is here, what can parents do to ensure kids are having the best experience while staying safe from COVID-19?
Here are some tips to help keep your family safe this school year:
Adjusting Your Child’s Bedtime and Sleep Schedule for Back-To-School
Oh, the lazy days of summer. Long stretches of daylight, lemonade, grilling, and pick-up games outside. If it could only last a little longer! As the season winds down, you may take a final getaway weekend with your family. Or you may just stay home and squeeze every bit of time before school starts. Either way, there’s a good chance that your children are off their normal bedtime and sleep schedule by now. That’s completely understandable, but it’s also something that needs to be remedied before the school bell rings.
A consistent and relaxing bedtime routine will help signal to your children’s bodies that it’s time to sleep. Establishing “quiet time,” reading a book, hearing a bedtime story, and performing other relaxing activities like taking a warm bath or shower can help kids prepare for bed.
Don’t send your child to school sick
Develop a daily routine to quickly check your child for fever and monitor for signs of illness (e.g. cough, fatigue, headache, etc.).
Pack hand sanitizer in your child’s backpack
Practice using hand sanitizer with your child before sending them to school. Give them scenarios for when they should use hand sanitizer because they don’t have access to soap and water.
Stock up on masks
Make sure your child has spare masks available during the school day in case their mask gets dirty, breaks, or is lost.
Develop a home safety plan
Set up a routine to disinfect backpacks, clothing, shoes, and other items when children return home from school. Have children wash their hands immediately.
Healthy eating – school lunches
Involved children in planning and preparing their own lunchboxes gives them the opportunity to learn about healthy eating, and also gives them a chance to make autonomous decisions about what they will be eating during the day.