Back To Work & Back To School COVID-19 Safety Tips
As businesses and schools across the country begin to re-open, it's important to know COVID-19 safety protocols and precautionary measures that you can and your children can take. We've gathered some of the top safety tips for you to educate and better prepare yourself and loved ones:
- Don't go if you are feeling sick. Don't attempt to go to work or send your kids to school if either of you are feeling sick. Regular temperature and symptom checks should be taken at home. It's better to be safe than sorry so don't risk the public health safety of your co-workers or the school's students, teachers, and faculty.
- Pack your own PPE. To be on the safe side, you should always have on you your own hand sanitizer, masks, Mask Cases, and disinfecting wipes and/or spray.
- Bring your own supplies. Every student should have their own set of classroom supplies. The schools will not be able to provide communal supplies of basics like pencils, pens, highlighters, etc. due to the need to prevent spread of the virus. The same mindset should be taken for adults headed back to the workplace. What tools do you need to perform your job? You should plan on bringing your own.
- Learn what protections are being put in place. Find out from your workplace and the schools what protocols they have put in place. How often are rooms being cleaned and disinfected? Is hand sanitizer readily available? Are there extra masks available if you forget yours? How are people being placed for social distancing for work and learning environments? The more information you know, the better.
- Clean and sanitize your stations. Get into a habit of cleaning your work station and having your child clean their classroom desk. Use the disinfecting wipes and sprays often.
- Practice social distancing. As much as possible, stay six feet away from other co-workers and other students. Avoid elevators and break areas and ask your children to be mindful during lunch and recess session to not interact to closely with other students.
- Use your mask properly. Wearing masks around other people is crucial in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Be sure to not use your mask incorrectly. Read more about common mask mistakes here.
- Store your masks correctly. Your clean masks are exposed to bacteria and germs when you aren't wearing them. Be mindful at work or when your children are at school, that you are properly storing your masks in a Mask Case when you take your mask off to eat, to drink, etc.
- Speak to your employers or the school faculty for any concerns. Don't be afraid to say something if you or your children do not feel safe and comfortable in your work and learning environments. It's helpful to also suggest any recommendations you have that could help fix any of your possible concerns.
- Lead by example. Stay positive and patient through these difficult times. Your children will follow your lead if you're wearing your mask, packing your own work supplies, using PPE, and taking action on all of these safety measures.