Well, it’s back to school for the kids and that means that Back To School Night can’t be far behind. Here is a list of action items for you to take with you to discuss with school staff:
- Post signs in toilets, cafeterias, and the teacher’s lounge with instructions for how to keep hands and work areas clean.
- Tell teachers you don’t want everyone using those huge hall-passes to go to the bathroom – if ever there was a mass-transit system for germs, it’s those things. Every student should get a brand-spanking-new paper hall pass and they should toss it out when they come back to the classroom.
- Everyone needs to remember to cough or sneeze into a tissue, toss it into a garbage can, then sanitize your hands. If you don’t have a tissue handy then cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand. (Teach the Dracula move to young children).
- Teach children to sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star twice while washing their hands with soap and water.
- After a student goes to the board and uses a marker, a quick spritz of hand sanitizer might be a good idea.
- Hang a travel size bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer from your child’s backpack and teach them to use it after recess, before they eat, and every time they move to a different room.
- While sharing is polite, it’s also a way to spread the flu virus. Don’t share items, especially pens, pencils, markers, crayons, and erasers. Most flu virus is spread through droplets – which means virus on surfaces people touch. The more people touch an object the greater your chances of (literally) picking something up from it.
Above all, don’t live in fear, live in knowledge. Get in line to be vaccinated. Since this flu is so different, the vaccination order is different too. Pregnant women, children and teens should be first in line. If you or your child are sick, stay home and if someone at school seems to be sick, suggest that they might want to go home. Keep you hands clean and away from your face.