Covid-19: Tips for sending your children back to school
The school run has finally resumed! After the national lockdown followed by the summer holidays, it feels a long time since our children were in the classroom. Understandably, there have been a lot of nerves surrounding the return to schools, and your first week without the kids in the house 24/7 may have been strange. Because of this, we’ve put together some top tips for sending the kids back to school during these uncertain times, to help address any problems or worries you may have run into during the first couple of weeks of school.
If your children are struggling with the requirements to wear a face covering, teach them how to wear them properly and comfortably. It may be a good idea to encourage them to wear it after school for a short period, or when you are doing stuff together on the weekend. Gradually, you should increase the amount of time that they feel comfortable wearing a mask, so it’s not a problem for them to do the same in school. You should invest in a few extra, so they always have spares, whether they lose them or one is in the wash (on this note, you should wash the mask every time they return home from wearing it to ensure optimal hygiene). If you want to know more about facemasks, read our guide.
The UK government's newest slogan may work well with younger children. A simple 3 word rhyme to ensure they are mitigating Covid-19 as much as possible should be practised as much as possible around the house and in public to ensure they do the same in school. Encourage regular hand washing, again whether it’s before school or on the weekends. Make sure they stick to 20 seconds of thorough washing. There are many ways to do this; be it making up a song whilst they wash their hands or simply building it into rewards for good behaviour. You should also have consistent rules about hand washing in the house. Every time someone comes into the house, or leaves the house, they should wash their hands, no matter who they are. Setting an example will make it easier for them to imitate. Ensure they also do the same before and after eating, and after using the bathroom.
Be open about Covid-19.
Despite many reports and narratives in the news about Covid-19 being less prevalent in society, it is still circulating and is still just as contagious and dangerous. Although things may look more normal to your children, who are going back to school and seeing their parents go to work, it is important to have honest conversations with them about the virus and what is happening in the news. Without scaring them, it’s vital to educate them about how they can contribute to stopping the spread by remembering to keep space apart from others, wearing face coverings in spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained (or where they must do, such as in shops or on public transport) and maintaining excellent hygiene.
Keep them social.
Lockdown has taken its toll on all of us, especially when it comes to socialising with others. School may well be one of your kids' first consistent social settings since March. Many children will have anxieties about reintegrating into the school environment and being around large numbers, who they may not have seen in a while or at all before. With this in mind, it may be useful to encourage active and social things after school and on the weekends, to get them around other people of a similar age, to help ease their transition back into the classroom.
Some children will react to changes in the school environment in different ways. For some, it may be changes that they do not like. Be ready and waiting for some changes in behaviour, younger children are likely to act out when something they do not like happens, some teenagers will become quieter and withdrawn when they encounter problems. Honest conversations go a long way to helping solve issues, and a relaxing environment, whether it’s after dinner or early in the morning, may make it easier for them to express concerns.
How Qured can help with the return to school
There are many more tips you may find useful surrounding the return of school, but we hope our tips have helped ease some anxieties or initiated caring conversations that will make your children’s return to school easier. As always, Qured is here to help. Typically, the start of the school year and a post-summer weather system sees bugs and coughs circulating, so it’s important to keep on top of hygiene to help fight all viruses. If your child needs a check-up, Qured’s on-demand doctor service is back, and you can get a doctor to your door on the same-day, to cut out long hours spent in waiting rooms.
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