Since various governments and state authorities have decided to reopen schools, parents have been wondering if it is safe to leave their children out of sight for an entire day. This dilemma is mainly the result of letting their child come out of the bubble of protection they have so carefully created at home to keep them from the evil shadow of Covid-19 so far.
However, they also understand that while keeping children at home provides a safe enclosure, it has a serious impact on their social and psychological health.
So, although the level of uncertainty and insecurity is always high, and the danger of new variations still hangs over us, slowly and cautiously the world is preparing to reach a certain level of normalcy in everyone’s life.
Here are 5 things parents can check for safety precautions before sending kids to physical classes:
1. Examine the school’s capacity to manage protocols
Parents can ask schools to share permission documents given by the inspection team.
If the school has passed the inspection tests regarding their preparation for starting physical classes and it is a fully vaccinated area, send the children to school.
In addition, visitors / parents who are not vaccinated should not be allowed to enter school premises as all government authorities are extremely strict with regard to safety protocols for schools and anyone flouting any security measure is reprimanded and sentenced to a heavy fine.
2. Educate your child
Educate your children as much as possible about the danger of this deadly virus.
They should be aware that not following the instructions given to them by teachers can make them, their friends and even their family sick.
Make them take responsibility for their own hygiene practices and show them the processes over and over to make sure they understand the seriousness of the situation.
3. Keep an eye on your children
Please keep the health of your children under close observation. Even the slightest of symptoms related to Covid-19 can turn out to be critical.
Ignoring such indications of ill health will not only impact your child and their family, but also other students in your child’s class.
This will not only cause inconvenience for many other students and their families, but may also result in the closure of physical classes once again.
Thus, careful observation of your child’s health should be of the utmost importance at this time.
4. Weekly disinfection report
The school should provide a weekly disinfection report to parents in order to reduce their anxiety about the safety of their children.
It can be shared in a virtual tour of the school or photos of the clean premises regularly shared with parents.
5. Availability of the medical team on site
The school should have a team of health care practitioners on site at all times in case an adverse incident occurs.
Students should have access to immediate medical care as soon as they feel any discomfort.
The presence of adequate and necessary arrangements such as isolation booths in the medical room, well-trained paramedics, an adequate supply of essential drugs, etc. on the school premises will provide insurance to worried parents.
We must recognize the fact that offline lessons are imperative for the holistic growth of any child. A child learns best from his environment, from one-on-one physical interaction with teachers, from healthy competition between peers.
This can only happen when they are physically present at school, attend classes, and participate in various extracurricular activities such as sports and games, music, the arts, etc.
– Article by Manjula B, Senior Principal, Orchids The International School, BTM Layout
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