Tips for a safe return to school

girl in school, wearing facemask

At Valley Medical Group’s Department of Children’s Services, we understand that the return to school – whether physically, virtually or a mix of both – has been a source of fear and concern.

We hope that the information and guidance here can help ease concerns surrounding the return to school for the child/children in your life — whether it be a daughter, son, niece, nephew, or grandchild.

Everyday Safety Steps

Help your child practice these simple measures that can help minimize the risk of COVID-19 associated with school attendance:

  • Checking for symptoms of COVID-19, like fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of smell and/or taste, and others
  • Hand hygiene (including washing hands and using hand sanitizers)
  • Physical distancing
  • Wearing a face mask
Download our “I Can Be a Superhero” flyer on helping your child wear a face mask

Keeping At-Risk Children Safe

At-risk children – including children who are immunocompromised, have chronic lung disease, and those who have been identified as being at risk by your child’s healthcare team – should be kept at home.

Children with controlled asthma and diabetes are not at a higher risk for complications due to COVID-19. If your child’s asthma or diabetes are not under good control, please reach out to one of our pediatric pulmonology or pediatric endocrinology specialists, or your primary doctor for further guidance. Our children's health providers are available to offer additional expertise and support for children’s health, including providing guidance regarding the impact of COVID-19 on your child’s clinical condition.

Stay Safe at Home, Too

Remember: Risk reduction extends into the home. Kids need to wash their hands when they come home and, if possible, shed their shoes and clothing. If you have elderly family members or other at-risk children in your home, and social distancing at home isn’t possible, then thoughtful consideration should be given with regards to the risks associated with school attendance.

You might also find these articles from the American Academy of Pediatrics helpful: 

Parenting in a Pandemic
Return to School during COVID-19

We wish you all the best for a happy and healthy school year!

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Valley Medical Group Children's Services

Valley Medical Group's pediatric specialty team provides experienced care that’s tailored to the needs of young patients, with specialists in pediatric endocrinology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, weight management and more.