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Back to School: Safely with Covid-19

Posted at 3:27 AM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 06:27:39-04

Now that the county of San Diego is removed from the state’s watch list, you may be wondering what going back to school safely means for your child’s school year!

That nervous excitement which comes only once a year can mean double the anxiety for both children and parents as you prepare to return to class. Many parents, caregivers, and guardians face new and difficult choices about how their child will return to school in the fall, such as deciding between in-person and virtual learning.

Earlier this week, 10News Anchor, Jim Patton spoke with Dr. Erin Richison, Senior Director of District and School Improvement, SDCOE about starting off the school year.

Schools and in-person instruction are a fundamental part of the infrastructure of healthy, thriving communities. They provide space, structure and routines for children. Schools play a vital role in the economic health by employing teachers and other staff, along with parents or guardians and caregivers work.

While we are encouraged by school campuses reopening, what do parents need to keep in mind?

  • It's really just another school year but being prepared is part of the goal. Plan ahead and keep a routine just like any other year.
  • According to the CDC, preparing for a safe return, schools play a critical role. Communicating, educating and reinforcing appropriate hygiene and social distancing while maintaining healthy environments is important but it’s equally important that it begin at home.
  • Make sure to get your school medical checkups and records in order as early as possible. In California, that means No Proof, No School. The only reason not to have a vaccine is because of a medical reason. Immunize your school-aged child so that they don't bring infectious disease into the household.

With the pandemic, how can we make what may already be a challenging and stressful time a little easier?

  1. Build in extra time each morning that first week or two.
  2. Communication is key!
  3. Check your school website for updates, teacher assignments and find out the class rules and schedules in advance
  4. Be patient. Be positive. Celebrate successes and discuss the challenges of learning.

For more info and a lot more resources be sure to visit the San Diego County Office of Education.
Let’s stay safe, healthy and thriving San Diego! Together, we can make a difference.