Is school safe? What to expect on the first day of school in 2020
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year. Like other firsts in your life, your first day of school will absolutely be one of the most important. This year, however, it may be one of the scariest. From kindergarten to college, experts are very divided as COVID-19 cases rise and there is an immense concern of the unknown.
With virtual, in-person teaching and this pandemic being so new, reopening schools nationwide will be accomplished in an unprecedented way.
Just released, these requirements must be checked off in many states:
- Safe in-person school based on local health data. Using health data, schools can physically open when its county has been off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. Schools that don't meet this requirement must begin the year distance learning.
- Mask requirements. All school staff and students in 3rd grade and above must wear face masks. Students in 2nd grade and below are encouraged to wear masks or shields.
- Physical Distancing and other adaptations: Staff must maintain 6 ft between each other and students. Symptom checks. Hand washing stations. Sanitation and disinfection. Quarantine protocols.
- Testing and contact tracing: Requirement to test staff regularly. State contact tracing workforce will prioritize schools.
- Rigorous distance learning: Access to devices and connectivity for all kids. Daily live interaction with teachers and students. Challenging assignments equivalent to in-person classes. Adapted lesson for English learners and special education students.
The most obvious differences may also include frequent temperature checks and outside teaching. Keep reading for ‘questions every teacher and parent must ask before going back to school’.
The CDC recommends that Implementation should be guided by what is feasible, practical, acceptable, and tailored to the needs of each community. As a parent or schoolteacher, does this provide comfort to you? Most likely not. This is the time to prepare and safeguard yourself and your family.
Back-to-School Tips for Parents
Preparation leads to great achievements. Tomorrow you will have wished you started today.
Before the first day of school, try these tools to help transition fear and chaos into a confident place of positive strength and wisdom.
Here are some themes to get the creative juices flowing for each grade:
- Elementary (Grades K–5):
- I would love to be this when I am older
- This makes me happy
- What do I want to do in the fall?
- Middle School (Grades 6–8): Self-explore and reflect:
- Self-awareness, what do I love about myself?
- Who inspires me?
- What do I want in my new grade? New friends, fun teachers?
- High School (Grades 9–12)
- What are my goals and dreams?
- What places in this world do I want to visit?
- How will I stay healthy?
- What motivates me?
- Where do I see myself in 10 years?
- What makes me happy?
- What tools can help alleviate my stress?
Schoolteachers and parents join in too! Creating vision boards as an adult is an act of mindfulness to manifest positive energy. So, pull out those glitter pens and embody this gratifying craft.
- Face mask
- Hand sanitizer
- Uncommon Goods Children's Rainbow Face Coverings. 100% of profits from sales of these designed-by-kids masks go to NYC's public hospitals. Set of 2, $25.
- Caraa Universal Kids Masks. A pack of 5 breathable dual-layer non-medical grade masks sized for children. Washable to allow for multiple uses and designed for comfort. Will match donations for relief efforts. Set of 5, $25
- Fanatics.com Branded Adult Coverings. Support your favorite team or hometown with a custom-logo mask, and 100% of proceeds go to Fanatics’ All In Challenge, which provides food to those in need through organizations like No Kid Hungry and Meals on Wheels. Set of 3, $25
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- What will the seating be like?
- Will the classes be outside? Do we need sun protection like hats and sunscreen?
- Where will my child eat lunch? Can my child still purchase lunch?
- If a teacher tests positive for COVID-19 are they required to quarantine for 2- 3 weeks? Do all students need to stay home and quarantine for 14 days?
- What is the stress going to do to our teachers? How does it affect their well-being and health? Are there options to help teachers cope?
- Make masks for the entire classroom in case anyone forgot theirs that day.
- Leave a care package in the classroom with health items like immunity support elderberry gummies and hand sanitizer.
- Send an email asking, “How can I help you today” or “How are you doing?”
These small acts of kindness can make a world of difference.
With all the uncertainty happening around us, it is still possible to make this upcoming school year the best. Stay positive and keep learning while helping. A healthy mind and strong immunity will be a powerful player in protection. Learn more about how to build your kids' immunity starting today.