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Back To School Safety During COVID

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Kristin Davis

With COVID variants on the rise, it is understandable that many parents are concerned about sending their kids back into the classroom - especially as we're seeing more and more cases develop in younger patients. To help you navigate this school season, we wanted to provide some ways that you can keep your family safe during these next few months!

Back To The Basics

COVID-19 has unfortunately resurged in these last few weeks and experts agree we may continue to see more cases. With confusion about mask procedures and social distancing as well as continued public speculation about vaccinations, it is no wonder that things have escalated in a less-than -favorable manner. To access helpful resources for you, your family and local community - be sure to check out our past blog on National Immunization Awareness Month or click here to read the latest COVID news.

When it comes to COVID-19, the best thing to do is be proactive! For now, that means wearing a mask indoors or during large public gatherings (even if you are vaccinated),  keeping a distance of at least 6 feet from others as well as washing your hands and sanitizing frequently-touched surfaces such as phone screens, remotes, purses, etc.

Communication Is Key

Consistently communicating aforementioned rules to your children will help them better understand the current situation. You should also keep in touch with your children's school district, so that you can be updated with any news regarding teachers or staff as well as be in the know when it comes to specific measures and expectations that are being taken to promote a safe, healthy environment. Whether it be a social group for parents online, volunteering at school activities or donating supplies - remember, the more we work together, the easier it will be to navigate the remainder of this year.

Mental Health

Another huge aspect of COVID-19 are the mental health implications that come with it. We want to ensure that families and children are safe from the virus itself, but also that they have the support they need to cope as the pandemic wears on. As you communicate the importance of safety with your child, it may also help them (as well as their immune system) to destress with fun activities, meditation and possibly even therapy. Here is a list of digital entertainment for all ages!

Most importantly, make an effort to reinforce the idea that social distancing isn’t social isolation and accommodate the fact that their day to day routines have been disrupted, so it's okay to feel frustration or disappointment. Younger children may not be completely able to come to terms with why life is so different and that's okay - because many adults aren’t able to either. Please see the resources below for further support and let us know  in the comments below if you found this article helpful - or if you would like to contribute your own advice for fellow readers!

Applied Behavioral Analysis and More

Be sure to check out some of our customers for more recommendations on how to adjust your child to in person education!

Wisconsin Early Autism Project, (WEAP.ABA) https://www.instagram.com/p/CTBEhRnoTSi/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

The Children's Therapy Centers, https://www.instagram.com/p/CTCkWDGJ2Kn/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Reach Therapy Center, https://www.instagram.com/reel/CS8TFjqoVbj/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Pediatric Interactions, https://www.instagram.com/p/CShSX--gCXc/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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