Here's how parents can protect their kids from coronavirus as schools reopen
Get ready to pack your back-to-school pencils, binders and ... hand sanitizer?
While some schools and universities are opting for remote learning or a hybrid of in-person and online sessions, others are pushing ahead with in-person classes – with proper sanitation protocols, of course. Social distancing markings, COVID-19 program coordinators and smaller class sizes are only a few of the reflections of the pandemic-era classroom experience.
But still, parents may be (reasonably) worried about this transition. Although schools will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines to ensure safety for children, it's always a good idea to reinforce these standards from home as well.
So what can you do, other than clipping a mini-bottle of hand sanitizer to every backpack? USA TODAY asked two health experts for advice on how parents can keep their students safe and healthy as they prepare for in-person classes:
Take temperatures before they go to school
While some schools will take temps at the door, it's best to make sure your child doesn't have a fever before entering the campus. Pediatrician Michael Rich, founder of the Center on Media and Child Health, suggests making it a ritual to take your student's temperature before school.