Back to School Tips for COVID-19
As we move forward in this school year and in all future years, it has become profoundly evident that hygiene and general cleanliness need to be a topic that is discussed with our children, even at a young age.
Each parent knows what will work best when teaching their child whether it is a competition to see who can make the most soap bubbles when washing their hands or making up a silly dance to teach their child how to cough or sneeze into their elbow. But sometimes finding the right words can be difficult and remembering all tips and tricks can easily slip your mind.
BenzaRid is here to help. We have compiled a list of pointers to help you sort out some of the anxiety as well as make this important discussion easy, fun, and direct.
Prepare your students
Discuss the importance of properly washing hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water frequently when outside of the home.
Label personal belongings and keep them in a safe space for only your use and disinfect them every time after use.
Be sure to wear a face mask and social distance when possible
Avoid sharing electronics and supplies with other students and teachers. If you do share items, make sure those items are thoroughly sanitized and disinfected between each use.
Keep children at home if someone in your family recently had close contact with a person with the COVID-19 virus or are experiencing any symptoms such as a fever or cough.
Discuss your school’s sanitizing and disinfecting protocols.
Ensure that the school has a proper game plan regarding how to handle outbreaks and quarantining sick children until parents can pick them up.
Best Practices for Out of The House
Wear face masks whenever inside of the school or around other classmates to prevent the spread of germs.
Properly wash your hands whenever possible. Opting for hand sanitizer when washing is not an option
Clean and disinfect school supplies shared between staff and students.
Remember that if you or your child are feeling sick, running a fever, or exhibiting other signs of Covid-19, quarantine at home. Also, make sure to inform your child’s school or your own work so they can anticipate the absence.
Remove shoes and leave them outside or sanitize them before bringing them into your home. This step will help to stop the transfer of germs into the home from public places.
Remove any clothes worn outside the home and put them in a laundry bag or a closed trash bag upon returning home and wash immediately.
Properly wash your hands upon entry into the home with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Disinfect high-touch surfaces used as you enter including door handles, purses, book bags, phones, electronics, keys, payment cards, etc.
Disinfect highly used touch points daily, or as often as possible, with an EPA registered disinfectant such as BenzaRid.
Wash and dry clothes and face masks that are worn outside of the home, separately at a higher temperature (100–125°F) for at least 30 minutes to kill any bacteria or germs that may have infected your clothes.
Prevent the Spread of Germs
Disinfect school bags and lunch boxes upon return and keep them away from common surfaces.
Try to keep school supplies and bags in a closed storage bin or separate them from other household items.
Create a designated area to do homework or keep school items in a separate area and disinfect daily.
After handling any school items, make sure children are washing their hands and sanitizing the items they contacted.
Disinfect home and hard surfaces daily to prevent the spread of germs.
The staff here at BenzaRid understands that these times are unprecedented and unpredictable. Don’t be caught off guard; get ahead of the problem by addressing the issue and how you will handle it with your friends, family, and loved ones. It is with our sincerest hope and wishes that we should make it through this pandemic stronger as a community, a company, and as one nation.
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