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With back-to-school being the major topic on every mother’s mind, there are so many factors that need to be discussed and questions that need to be asked.
A new wave of coronavirus is said to be picking up, yet schools are still determined to start the school year and sending kids to school. As a mother who is concerned about her child’s health and safety, how are we supposed to feel safe sending our children to school?
Kids will always be kids
While many schools and nurseries are promising to practice social distancing and take the necessary precautions to ensure children’s safety, it seems like the basic factors are not being taken into consideration. Kids will always be kids and no matter how hard certain rules are being enforced, it is almost impossible to expect them to follow them. These include the following:
Wearing masks or face shields
While kids under 2 years old should not wear face masks for health reasons, it leaves them at risk of catching the virus or transmitting it to others and putting their health at risk. Other children do not understand the importance and can easily take it off, turn it into a game, or end up sharing a mask with their friends. It’s crucial that we explain to them the importance of not taking them off.
Practicing social distancing
Explaining to toddlers that they can not hug, kiss, or play with other children is like trying to teach a pig to fly. It’s in a child’s nature to explore, touch, and bond with other children, and practicing social distancing is pretty much out of the question. We must make sure that the teaching staff is not taking this matter lightly no matter how young or healthy the children may appear to be.
Touching or licking surfaces
While schools and nurseries will probably sanitize and disinfect surfaces each day, it is impossible to make sure that it is disinfected after each child touches a surface. In fact, it is most likely that children will end up turning coronavirus into a game of tag and making it their mission to touch or lick surfaces and scream coronavirus. If you feel your child’s nursery is not extra careful, you should either change nurseries or keep your child home.
How will kids be able to play together without taking all these factors into consideration? And if playtime is prohibited, there’s a risk of making kids feel a negative emotion towards school and education as there is no fun involved.
With all these factors and concerns taken into consideration, how are we supposed to feel safe sending our children to school? On the other hand, there are no alternatives. With young kids, e-learning is an absolute nightmare as getting kids to sit in front of a screen is a very difficult task to do.
There’s also the risk of going against the norm and keeping children at home and then risk them being behind or not on the same educational level as others. For every mother out there, these concerns need to be addressed and answered; we need to find an appropriate solution without impacting child’s health or education.
Further reading: 10 Places to Buy Face Shields for Kids Before School