05 Aug Preparing Children’s Return to School
Dr. Ernst von Schwarz advises on how parents should prepare their children for returning to school after the Covid-19 shutdowns. How should schools plan to safeguard student’s safety?
- Have a word with your children repeatedly regarding the risk not only to themselves about contracting this deadly disease but also the possibility of transmitting Covid – 19 to other family members such as elder grandparents and other high-risk individuals
- School children should wear masks at all times whenever possible. Exceptions for children under 5 years old must be considered but arrangements should be made as best as possible.
- For children attending school in person, consider adding hand sanitizer or other forms of disinfectant in their lunchbox or coat pocket
- Children should be reminded to practice social distancing and to avoid physical contact on the playground or in classrooms as best as possible
- Upon arriving home from school, children should be conditioned to take a shower, change their clothes, and wash hands before convening with other family members
Should schools be re-opening?
If the “R factor” is below 1, in essence once the transfection rate is declining, schools could be re-opening.
What should schools do?
- Temperature checks
- Self administered COVID testing
- Class sizes should be cut in half
- Hallways should be one-way systems
- Breaks should be staggered. – Teachers should wear masks – Students should be told to dress warmly because windows and doors should be kept open for air circulation
- Make wearing masks mandatory
What should parents do?
- Have a dialogue with their children
- Encourage social distancing
- Encourage wearing masks
What should school kids do?
- Avoid gathering
- No hugs or kissing
- Use hand sanitizers repeatedly
- Wear masks
- Shower and change clothes after school
If anyone develops a fever or other symptoms, stay home!
“Good Morning Arizona” asked Dr. von Schwarz about school safety after the Covid-19 shutdowns in this live interview: