How can families and educators incorporate some best practices for staying healthy in home and school environments?
Newly incorporated healthy routines can be used as a springboard to enhance and enrich the current practices for well-being and safety in homes and schools. Below are some ways to make sure that your students and their families are safe.
Educate Students and Families
When to Stay Home
- When students have a fever, they are most likely fighting some type of an infection and may be contagious. Staying home will prevent the spread of the illness.
- Avoid large crowds and try to limit your interactions with no more than 10 people at one time. Per recent CDC guidelines, keep a distance of at least six feet.
- If not feeling well, avoid visiting elderly family members or those with compromised immunities.
Practice Good Hygiene
- When coughing and/or sneezing, students should cover their mouths.
- Do not share water bottles, cups or other personal items.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after coughing and/or sneezing. A good way to ensure that hands are washed properly is to sing the ABCs while washing your hands from fingertip to wrist.
- In the absence of soap and water, use hand sanitizers to clean hands.
- After playing outside or visiting places where others may have been, it may be a good practice to bathe and change into clean clothes.
- Clean and disinfect high contact surfaces in home and classrooms. This is a 2-step process: first wipe down the area and then apply a disinfectant solution. After two minutes, wipe the disinfectant solution. It is important to allow the solution to “hunt and kill” any bacteria that may be present.
Practice a Healthy Lifestyle
- When there is a cut or a scrape, make sure that the area is cleaned, disinfected and covered.
- Drinking water ensures that the body is hydrated and prepared for learning.
- When students are eating balanced and nutritious meals, they are more prepared to fight off infections.1 Keeping full and focused also helps them concentrate on learning their academic content.
- It is important to remain physically active and spend some time outdoors. Fresh air and plenty of sunshine always help to fight off germs and help to promote a positive outlook.
- Incorporate some quiet time for prayer and meditation. This time should be when electronics are off so that distractions are kept to a minimum.
By working collaboratively with your students and families on these shared responsibilities, you are promoting a healthy and happy learning environment.
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