3 tips about returning to classrooms safely and with confidence

(NC) While there’s still some uncertainty about how this school year will play out, one thing parents, students and teachers can do is make sure they’re prepared for all scenarios. Here are a few health and safety tips to keep in mind as students return to school:

1. Practice handwashing and sanitizing
Now is the perfect time to remind ourselves about good hand-washing technique. At home, remind little ones to practice handwashing for at least 20 seconds each time. They can sing happy birthday or another song verse that lasts 20 seconds to make it fun and memorable. While it may be difficult to teach kids not to touch their face, consistent reminders are a good way to help them remember as best they can. When they’re back in the classroom, they’ll take these lessons with them.

2. Show them how to keep personal space
Teaching children that they have to stand two metres apart from each other may be difficult, especially when they’ve not seen their friends in months. Explaining that everyone is keeping their distance to keep their friends and families safe is key to helping young kids understand. Give them an example to visualize what two metres looks like, like a hockey stick or the height of a door.

3. Get the right items in their backpacks
In addition to backpacks, pencil cases, binders and the other usual school supplies, they should still carry face masks, hand sanitizer and travel wipes. Make mask shopping fun by choosing a trendy design that kids will be excited to sport. Equip them with multiple hand sanitizers so when one gets lost, they have quick access to another. Staples Canada carries a variety of safety products and masks for the whole family.

Find out what else you can do to return to school with confidence at staples.ca/backtoschool.

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