Winter COVID Safety Protocol for Homes & Schools
Students have become used to online classes and the safety of their homes. Returning to school, a once common event, seems like a big step now, bringing a new set of worries for parents, teachers, and caregivers due to the COVID-19. Parents should now prepare their children to protect themselves against this not-so-new virus when out in public.
Schools are now responsible for balancing the educational, social, and emotional needs of the students and the health and safety of their students and working staff.
A reputable sanitization company like 911 Restoration would help school administrators create a safe place for students to study. We provide sanitization services to homes and commercial properties to protect you and your loved ones from this deadly virus. Contact us before reopening schools to clean up all the germs.
Here are a few safety protocols during COVID-19 that homes and schools should follow to protect students from contracting this disease;
If the risk of covid-19 is higher in your state, go for the hybrid schooling system instead of completely reopening the school. This system involves in-person schooling for one batch of students and distance learning through software like zoom and googles classroom for the other batch of students.
This system would help social distancing and not crowd the school property too much since COVID-19 can easily spread in crowded places. This system would keep the children safe and also parents worry-free.
It is the parent’s responsibility, especially if your child is young, to explain how to protect themselves from covid-19 and to follow SOPs at all times in school.
Ensure your school staff and students are fully vaccinated when they enter the property. Check for their vaccination cards at the entrance and encourage those who haven’t to get their shot as soon as possible.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorization for children ages 12 through 15. Research has shown that the vaccine is 95% effective in preventing the COVID-19 virus with symptoms in people age 16 and older.
Vaccination would prevent severe symptoms, and your child won’t need to quarantine or get a Covid-19 test after being exposed to someone infected with Covid-19. Vaccination would prevent them at home and also in crowded places such as schools.
Practice Safe Distancing
Practicing social distancing is crucial for safety. Allowing space between individuals would reduce the spread of diseases. It is recommended to keep a distance of at least 6 feet between each student. Schools can do this by placing desks far apart in classrooms.
Here are some steps to encourage physical distancing among students attending school:
- Eliminate lockers in schools to avoid students coming too close together
- Allow one-way traffic in hallways.
- Spacing desks out, so they are 6 feet apart.
- Places chairs outside in the open for recess.
- Use barriers and glass partitions between students and teachers in classrooms.
- Encourage parents to drop their children instead of taking the crowded school bus.
Wear a Mask
WHO recommends wearing masks in indoor and outdoor places that are crowded, such as schools. In places like these, the transmission of the disease is easy; that is why the school and parents should encourage children to wear surgical or clothe masks and cover their face when they cough or sneeze.
Provide your child with multiple masks, so they have an extra one if they lose theirs at school.
Wearing masks should be a priority, especially when on the school bus on when in crowded areas.
Instruct your child never to share their masks with anyone.
Please discuss why it is important to wear a mask and when to take it off with your child.
Schools can keep boxes of extra disposable masks in each classroom in case someone needs them.
Keep Hands Clean
Practice washing hands at home with your child and explain why it’s important to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before and after eating, coughing/sneezing, or adjusting a face mask.
If hand washing isn’t available, or the bathrooms are too crowded at the school, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to disinfect hands. Also, explain that they cannot touch their eyes, nose, and mouth with dirty hands.
Teachers should come up with handwashing routines before and after class. These instructions would help students stay safe and clean during the pandemic.
Clean and Disinfect the Property Now!
Whether your child is being schooled at home or school, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces can help reduce the risk of disease. 911 Restoration offers sanitization and cleaning services in Marietta during the pandemic to keep your commercial or residential property clean. We base our disinfection solutions on the guidelines issued by the EPA and the CDC.
We have experienced working staff that stays up-to-date with the most effective ways to sanitize properties during the coronavirus pandemic. Contact us now at (678) 325-7841.