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Back-To-School Survival Guide: Corona Edition

As summer comes to an end, this usually means preparing to go back to school–making sure to buy all the school supplies on the supply list, finishing (procrastinating) summer assignments, or shopping for new clothes to keep up with the trends. But this isn’t your ordinary school year. In the face of a global pandemic, returning to school is something entirely unfamiliar and different. Buying face masks and ensuring that children are going back to school with new, enforced strategies to help mitigate and prevent the spread of corona are now the top priorities of families across America as schools plan to reopen during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

A growing number of the largest school districts of the nation have been preparing to reopen schools, whether it be in-person, online, or hybrid, as they start to send their school reopening plans to their education departments for approval. School administrators have been communicating and turning to their state and local health departments, infectious diseases specialists, as well as education experts and leaders, for guidance and direction on how to manage the complexities of in-person learning amid a pandemic and providing a safe, encouraging learning environment for all students, teachers, and other personnel. Public and specialized agencies like the CDC, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, WHO, The World Health Organization, and other expert groups share comparable and consistent advice concerning the safety and learning environments for both students and school staff.

As stated on the CDC website, the four central considerations that would significantly help school administrators from protecting their students, teachers, and personnel would be to (1) promote behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19, (2) maintain healthy environments, (3) maintain healthy operations, and (4) prepare for when someone gets sick. Following simple, yet crucial precautions can significantly reduce the risks of being infected or spreading SARS-CoV-2. For instance, staying home when tested positive for Covid-19, washing hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with water and soap. Keeping a hand sanitizer at all times, covering one’s mouth, and nose when coughing or sneezing, properly wearing a face mask, avoid touching one’s eyes, nose, mouth and maintaining at least six feet distance from others. School districts have implemented modified school layouts and operations to maintain a healthy and safe environment like cohorting, alternating schedules, seat spacings at least 6 feet apart, and required desk guards/partitions on each desk.

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of the Covid-19 and self-isolating is just as important as following the precautions listed above as it can help mitigate the spread of Covid-19 around the school and protect other students, teachers, and staff from the virus.

For the sake of others and yourself, wear a mask, maintain a safe distance from others, and frequently wash your hands. By doing so, you’d be able to drastically decrease viral transmission to others, help curb the spread of Covid-19 and, protecting those around us, ourselves, and the people we love and care about!



Wear That Mask!


Chloe Salva

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