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CDC – Back to School Tips

Back to school planning will look very different this year. Your school will have new policies in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or you may also be starting the school year with at-home learning. Whatever your situation may be, here are some tips intended to help parents, guardians and caregivers plan and prepare for the upcoming school year.

TALK TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT PRECAUTIONS AND ADVISE THEM TO DO THE FOLLOWING:

  • WASH HANDS with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day. Wash hands before eating.
  • USE HAND SANITIZER that contains at least 60% alcohol when water is not available.
  • MAINTAIN A PHYSICAL DISTANCE from other people and students whenever possible.
  • WEAR A MASK.
  • AVOID SHARING OBJECTS with other students including water bottles, devices, writing instruments and books.
  • MONITOR HOW THEY FEEL and tell an adult if they are not feeling well.

DEVELOP DAILY ROUTINES BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL. Pack hand sanitizer and a backup mask in backpacks and wash hands as soon as they get home from school. Wash hands after removing a mask. Be familiar with your school’s plan for how they will communicate with families when a positive case or exposure is identified.

For more information and resources such as videos, social media, PSAs, print resources, checklists, FAQs and web resources for various activities, groups and settings go to COVID-19 One-Stop Shop Toolkits.

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