Sending children back to school can be nerve-wracking due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The United Nations Children's Fund reported that more than 1 billion students are out of school due to COVID-19, but more than 70 countries have announced plans to reopen. As of June 1, millions have returned to school.
Is your child safe if they go back to school? UNICEF said schools should only be reopened if it is safe. Going back to school will look very different for your child than in previous years.
The United Nations agency shared some measures that schools can take. They include:
• Staggering the start and close of the school day
• Staggering mealtimes
• Moving classes to temporary spaces or outdoors
• Holding school in shifts, to reduce class size
When teachers arrive back at school, they should look at how they can improve hand-washing, teaching their students how to cough and sneeze into their elbows, and physical distancing measures.
Staff at schools should also be trained on social distancing and best hygiene practices.
Schools around the world have shown that teachers have adjusted to distance learning.
UNICEF explained that children would likely need support to catch up on their education when they head back to the classroom. Parents should be extra helpful at home by creating a routine around school and schoolwork.
It would be best if parents stay in contact with teachers to ask them questions if needed. If your child is struggling, you should notify the teacher as soon as possible.