Preparing Children’s Return To School

Dr. Ernst von Schwarz advises on how parents should prepare their children for returning to school after the Covid-19 shutdowns. How should schools plan to safeguard student’s safety?

Dr. von Schwarz discusses back to school safety on Good Morning Arizona

1) Have a word with your children repeatedly regarding the risk not only to themselves about contracting this deadly disease but also the possibility of transmitting Covid – 19 to other family members such as elder grandparents and other high-risk individuals

2) School children should wear masks at all times whenever possible. Exceptions for children under 5 years old must be considered but arrangements should be made as best as possible.

3) For children attending school in person, consider adding hand sanitizer or other forms of disinfectant in their lunchbox or coat pocket.

4) Children should be reminded to practice social distancing and to avoid physical contact on the playground or in classrooms as best as possible.

5) Upon arriving home from school, children should be conditioned to take a shower, change their clothes, and wash hands before convening with other family members.

Should schools be re-opening?

  • If the “R factor” is below 1, in essence once the transfection rate is declining, schools could be re-opening.
  1. What should schools do?
  • Temperature checks
  • Self administered COVID testing
  • Class sizes should be cut in half.
  • Hallways should be one-way systems.
  • Breaks should be staggered. – Teachers should wear masks – Students should be told to dress warmly because windows and doors should be kept open for air circulation
  • Make wearing masks mandatory
  1. What should parents do?
  • have a dialogue with their children
  • Encourage social distancing
  • Encourage wearing masks
  1. What should school kids do?
  • Avoid gathering
  • No hugs or kissing
  • Use hand sanitizers repeatedly
  • Wear masks
  • Shower and change clothes after school

If anyone develops a fever or other symptoms, stay home!

Good Morning Arizona” asked Dr. von Schwarz about school safety after the Covid-19 shutdowns in this live interview:

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