Back to school season is upon us once again! This year, however, it looks a little different than ever before. Although many parents are enrolling their children in the new virtual learning option, there will be a significant number of students that will be partaking in the in-person or hybrid learning options of education. If your child will be returning to the classroom in person, we suggest that you follow these tips so you can send your kids back to school as safely as possible.

 

1) Research 

Although the CDC has released guidelines to help keep schools as safe as possible, make sure to inform yourself on the precautions that your child’s school district is enacting in order to keep its students and educators virus-free. A few questions to consider are:

-How will social distancing be accomplished in classrooms, lunchrooms, hallways, and buses?

-Will sanitizer be readily available for students around the facility?

-How will extracurricular activities be impacted?

-How often will highly touched surfaces such as desks and bathrooms be disinfected?

-What does the school plan to do if there is a spike in cases at the school?

2) Remind Your Child of COVID-19 Precations 

Social distancing, mask wearing, and the regular washing of hands should become habit for your child(ren), especially when returning to school. Take the time to talk to your child(ren) about the risks and reasons why these precautions should be taken seriously. If you are unsure about how to begin the conversation, there are numerous available resources that provide insight into how to talk about COVID-19 with children in a way that makes sense to them. 

     

    3) Visit your Doctor for an Annual Wellness Exam  

    Ensuring that your child is as healthy as possible is no different during a pandemic. Make sure to schedule a visit to your family’s primary care physician before sending your child to school, especially if you cancelled your appointment earlier this year and have yet to visit for an annual wellness exam. Visit piptx.com to find a location nearest to you and remember, social distancing does not have to mean healthcare distancing. Now, more than ever, it is essential to remain up to date on you and your family members’ vaccines and check-ups. PIP is proud to offer telehealth visits at several of our locations for those who are not comfortable seeing a provider in-person.

    Adapting to a “new normal” will take some time but it is imperative that we do so. While sending your children back to school might seem frightening, we encourage you to make the decision that you feel is best for you and your family. Make sure to remain informed and educate your child(ren) on the ways that they can remain healthy and virus-free. If you have questions or concerns, we are here to help! Our Denton and Decatur locations are currently offering COVID-19 testing. Please visit our website at www.piptx.com to learn more.