With the exception of Montreal students, primary and preschool children across the province have returned to the classroom.
Since schools began reopening, many parents have been asking: “Should I let my child go back to school or daycare?” Indeed, we need to know our children aren’t risking their own safety or the safety of others.
Here are 7 best practices to ensure a safe return to school.
Wash your hands&mdashHoracio Arruda has been repeating these three words ad nauseam.
Parents, too, have been reiterating this crucial piece of advice. But do our little ones really know how to wash their hands? When we learn that 50% of people aren’t washing their hands for more than 10 seconds, it casts some doubt.
Certainly, implementing proper handwashing practices at school is no easy task.
And that’s not coming from us; rather, it’s a sentiment voiced by our founder’s sister Marie-Pierre Bérubé, a kindergarten teacher. For her, going back to school poses many challenges. Fortunately, by establishing clear and concise handwashing steps, we can make things easier for everyone.
Here are the 5 handwashing steps everyone should follow:
To ensure a safe return to school, we must also determine your child’s ideal handwashing frequency:
When they return to school, your child won’t always have access to a sink or soap.
Therefore, having a disinfectant on hand (no pun intended) is very practical, whether in the form of gel, foam, or liquid.
Here are some important criteria for choosing the right product:
Also, don’t hesitate to practice handwashing with your child. You can even make a game out of it.
When your child comes home, you must immediately decontaminate their lunchbox, schoolbag, and every other possession including:
To avoid the risk of cross-contamination, you should perform all cleaning with a single washcloth. And as for a cleaning product, consider opting for our Essentials (High Risk Areas - Red).
You should also consider purchasing reusable lunch or snack bags, which wash easily and are good for the environment.
In addition to your child’s backpack and lunch box, their clothes also need disinfecting.
To avoid the risk of contaminating your household, you should develop a routine for both adults and children arriving home:
Here are 2 local, eco-friendly products to help with the routine:
“Why does she wear a mask, mommy?”
Discuss the merits of wearing a mask to diffuse your child’s fears. Of course, choose the right words (i.e., “She wears a mask to avoid being sick.”).
Pssst… If you’re looking for protective masks, these 4 Quebec companies manufacture them:
Don’t jeopardize the health of your child or others for a few weeks of school.
Your child should isolate for 14 days if:
Phew&mdashlots to process! But by remaining disciplined and working together, we can ensure a safe return to school. And remember, #itwillbeokay.
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