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Staying Healthy During the School Year

Back to School preparation entails much more this year than just the usual shopping for supplies, clothes and determining schedules. It is important to also prepare for a safe return to school while also keeping check on tasks that can help students stay healthy throughout the year. This isn’t a guarantee from illness, but a few reminders to follow to keep your child as safe as possible:

  1. Screen your children daily for any of the symptoms of COVID-19 that include:

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Chills

  • Repeated shaking with chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Diarrhea

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

  1. Make sure your child has a cloth face covering and practices frequent hand washing

  2. Practice distancing at a minimum of six feet in the classroom

  3. Follow proper nutrition for a healthy diet

  4. Make sure student is current on immunizations

  5. Allow for exercise as physical activity can keep the immune system strong

  6. Keep in check behavioral and mental health. Schools offer programs that can assist students with dealing with the added stress of the pandemic. Please reach out to your school for resources if your student seems to be struggling with coping.

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