Going back to school during the pandemic

going back to school during a pandemic

Are you ready to go back to school?

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Mommies around the world have common sentiments about the opening of school. Are we going back to school during the pandemic? Is it safe?

I have been reading posts from different mommy groups expressing their anxieties with the opening of school. And it all ends up to “What can we do then?” A question answered by a question because the decision is not in our hands.

With the government plans for each of the states and countries, if parents cannot do homeschooling, then we need to follow the Government implementation plan. And therefore, as mothers, we need to prepare our children and know the essential recommendations to ensure safety.

Opening of Schools in Qatar

Government and private schools will open on September 1 for students, and school staff will resume on August 19.

The Government confirms that there is a strong collaboration and guidelines to ensure that children will be able to resume school safely.

Learn more about Phase 3 of Gradual Lifting of Restrictions in Qatar

https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/16/07/2020/Govt-and-private-schools-will-open-on-Sept-1-for-students-Aug-19-for-staff

Is it safe to go back to school during the pandemic

The world has seen the effects of COVID-19, and we can’t blame mommies for being scared for the health of their children. However, evidence suggests that children and adolescents are having a low risk of acquiring symptoms and infections. Several studies also show that it is less likely that children will become infected or become the source of infection. This information may be helpful for mommies to lessen a few of their anxieties.

Learn more about the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics https://www.aappublications.org/news/2020/07/10/schoolreentrysafety071020


Safety tips for going back to school during the pandemic

It seems like the government will proceed with the plan and we cannot do anything about changing it. However, as parents, there are ways that we can do to protect our children.

Social/Physical Distancing

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Maintaining appropriate distance is easier said than done, but this is very important to prevent transmission. It is ideal to have 6 feet apart to prevent the spread of infection. However, 3 feet desk spacing can be beneficial, especially if children are going to wear a mask.

Additional recommendation: Whenever possible, outdoor spaces can be used primarily with meals where children will not be able to use a mask.

Hand Hygiene

School children are receptive to teaching proper hand hygiene, and yes, most of the time, they overdo it and this should be an advantage. Teach the appropriate technique of handwashing and sanitizing. Note that hand sanitizers can cause skin dryness, prolonged, and overuse may lead to dermatitis.

Frequently observe your children’s skin for any signs of dermatitis.

Wearing of Mask

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It will be beneficial for preschoolers and elementary students to wear a mask, especially if they will comply not to touch their nose and mouth. However, with their nature, it will be a challenge and may increase the risk of contamination. Secondary students should wear a mask at all time, considering that it is challenging for them to keep a safe distance.

Meal breaks

Teach your children to stay on the desk while eating; the AAP also suggests having small groups outdoor can be beneficial instead of crowded lunchrooms.

Bus Transportation

Make sure that drivers wear masks correctly. The loading capacity of the bus should be reduced as per the Government’s guidelines. However, it is always best to find other ways of transportation to minimize exposure to the crowd.

Nutrition

Boost the immunity of children by providing healthy meals and vitamin supplements. Make sure that children have enough sleep and rest.

Immunization

Although there is no vaccine yet for COVID-19, having a flu shot before the opening of schools will still benefit children from other strains of influenza.

Emotional support in the opening of schools

Older children are aware of the concept of illness and death. They are, for sure aware of the seriousness of COVID-19, and the opening of schools may also be stressful for them. Provide emotional support and accurate information to your children. Provide opportunities for children to express themselves and ask about the “new normal” and opening of schools.

High-risk students

Some children have chronic illnesses or immunity diseases; it is best to reconsider continuing distance learning.

Classroom routine changes in the opening of schools

Parents are partners of school in educating and protecting school children. As a mother, you should be able to see these precautions or recommendations in the school. Here are some recommendations from AAP.

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  • Have teachers move instead of children
  • Keep the doors of the classroom open to reduce contamination of the doorknobs (whenever applicable)
  • Outdoor activities are encouraged
  • I am marking the hallways with one-way arrows.
  • Provide extra space for activities such as singing, dancing, and exercising.
  • Follow CDC guidelines on cleaning and disinfection.

Conclusion

The “new normal” of going back to school during the pandemic creates stress and anxieties for both parents and children. However, knowing and doing the recommended practice to prevent infection is the best way to face the changes. Prepare your children for what is ahead and provide emotional and behavioral support as the opening of schools resume

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12 thoughts on “Going back to school during the pandemic

  1. This is one informative blog post. You also provided lots of ways on how to be safe even though there is a pandemic. Through this post, I learned a lot of things. Thank you for writing about this topic!

  2. I definitely feel like a lot of parents/people in general are misinformed about how to best contain the virus and reduce the risk for their loved ones, so this article is a great resource to fix that. Proper hygiene is truly the number one “to-do” to keep the virus at bay (plus discipline and proper protocols). 🙂

    1. teaching the kids right now is easiy because the are adaptive, however there are still challenges. And also , we dont want them to overdo things or be stressed out with what’s happening around

  3. I’m gonna be going back to school soon! What’s making me so anxious is that my home is not a very good study space. I might not be as productive as I was back then in physical school. I also have two brothers who’ll be going to online school as well and we have such little space. I wonder how we’d be managing the noise 🙁 Thanks for this post!

    1. Its really a challenge, I also transitioned to homeschooling my children despite being a full time mom, I think we can have schedules for each of the honeschoolers , same activity will go together sontjat we can somehow manage the noise.

  4. We homeschool, so the daily classroom routine is not any of our worries. But the kids do train in the performing arts, and we’re always on the go, so that one caused us anxiety days before the lockdown. I think to opt for the kids’ safety for now. Education doesn’t stop just because a child is not in school. There are millions of ways to learn. We can always send them back once the air is clear.

  5. This is really informative. However, I feel that while we are in this pandemic, we can just support the online schooling system that some schools already prepared. Going back to school physically would be a bit of a scary thing to do right now. After all, the possible reason why there are less children that have caught said virus is cause children are not allowed to go out in the first place.

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