Mask, sanitizer, distance: important rules to teach a student in 2020
Source: Life hacker
The coronavirus dictates its terms. And if the school where your child is studying continues full-time education, tell your child what is needed and what not to do in the educational institution. By the way, many of these rules are always relevant, and not only in 2020, writes Lifehacker.
How to tell about new rules
The new reality and the demands it dictates are alarming even for adults. Therefore, when explaining the rules to children, be careful. If you choose the wrong tactics, there is a risk of scaring your child so much that he does not want to go to school at all.
To make the process go smoothly and easily:
- Don't scare. Don't make a monster house out of school. Explain that there are dangers there, but there are no more dangers than on the street, in a store, or visiting friends. Moreover, they can be easily avoided if you are careful and careful.
- Use clear words. Don't turn the conversation into a lecture for medical students. Remember that you are talking to a child and he may not understand even simple terms like "airborne droplets" or "respiratory infections".
- Show by example. If you ask your child to wear a mask and wash their hands often, do it yourself. You are the main role model.
- Answer all questions. Calmly react to the child's interest and try to give detailed answers to all "What?", "How?" and why?".
What a child should do
1. Keep your distance
There are two main ways of transmission of coronavirus: airborne droplets (that is, through the air) and contact (through touching a person or the surface of objects). Therefore, children should not hug, kiss and play too close to each other yet.
To make the changes at school not boring, invite your child to fight with classmates in a crocodile, words, sea battle and other non-contact games.
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2. Carry a sanitizer in your backpack
It is unrealistic to wash your hands regularly during classes, but disinfecting them with a sanitizer is quite. Ask your child to use disinfectant before school starts, when he is sitting at a desk, and after leaving school. Also, it is worth disinfecting your hands after each physical contact and always before a snack.
3. Wash your hands before lunch
In addition to coronavirus, there may be other harmful microorganisms on the skin. Ask your child to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water before each meal. At home, before the first of September, be sure to hold a master class and show the correct technique for washing your hands.
By the way, it is imperative to disinfect your hands not only before eating, but also after each trip to the toilet.
4. Check the temperature in front of school
I did some exercises, brushed my teeth, measured the temperature. These simple actions should become permanent in your child's daily morning routine. If the temperature is even slightly higher than normal, you need to stay at home. Of course, this may not be a symptom of a coronavirus or even another disease, but a simple overwork. But for the safety of the child and the health of his classmates, it is better not to risk it.
Additionally, you can take your temperature after school to make sure everything is in order.
5. Listen to the teacher
Each school will have different safety rules for the new school year. For example, to exclude or minimize contacts with other classes, not to walk in the corridors during breaks, to have lunch on a new schedule. It is important for all of them to follow if the teacher asks about it.
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What can not be done
1. Hide ailments
Ask your child to be honest about any deterioration in health. Runny nose, cough, headache, weakness, diarrhea, muscle pain are all possible symptoms of the coronavirus. If a child is unwell, he needs to be at home: it will be safer for him and for other children.
2. Gnaw on the pen and touch your face with your hands
The virus can remain on the surfaces of objects or on the palms for a long time. By touching the face, or even more so by licking a thing, a child can bring an infection inside.
3. To panic
It is important to explain to your child that it is okay to worry about going back to school, but you need to work with it. Your task is to help him adapt to the new reality:
- Talk about school, remind you how great it was.
- Add standard school rituals to your child's schedule: getting up early, having breakfast together, learning new material. Make these activities fun and personally involved.
- Support your child, be friendly and helpful.