Back to School: Ways to Keep Kids Healthy This Year

2020 has no shortages of obstacles, and just when clear one, another pops up in the view. No one thought the virus would extend into summer, much less into the school year. Yet here, parents and caregivers are facing another heart-wrenching choice. Do you send the kids to school or keep them home with remote learning? Either way carries risk. These are unprecedented times, and we can agree that all parents are doing their best to keep their children healthy, happy, and safe.

Keeping Kids Healthy During Remote Learning

Here are some tips to keep your kids safe while doing remote learning this year:

  • Eye Strain- Staring at a computer screen can be exhausting for the eyes. Use the 20-20-20 rule and break every 20 minutes and stare at an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Blue light glasses can help, as well.
  • Breaks– Take a break every 30 minutes, get a drink, and look out the window. This will refresh posture and give their body a break.
  • Isolation– Being away from friends and loved ones can be difficult. Organize a family game night via zoom or connect with friends on a set day of each week.

Keeping Kids Healthy During Face to Face Learning

Young girl at window with mask, back to school health checkup

The thought of face to face learning can be daunting, but with a little preparation and understanding, you can ensure your child has the greatest possibility of staying healthy. The truth is, we will never be able to control every person’s actions that go into that school, so the children must stick to their protection plan:

  • Wear a Mask- Wear the mask while in the presence of others. Take short breaks when it is safe to do so. Masks should be washed daily.
  • 6 ft Rule– Even with a mask, it is crucial to stay 6ft apart. Many schools are reducing class numbers to allow for desks to be seated away within guidelines. Lunches are eaten in the classroom, and even bathroom breaks are being scheduled.
  • Handwashing– Wash your hands often. Wash hands before applying a mask, before eating, and keep them away from the face as much as possible.

Whatever you plan to do with your child’s school is personal and is the right decision for you and your family. Don’t feel pressured to announce to the world or make one decision or the other. What is important is to stay healthy, eat a balanced diet, and stay active.

Mother and son at doctor, checkup, vaccines, back to school

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Dr. Mahendra Ghanta is a Board-Certified Endocrinologist with a background in internal medicine. Dr. Ghanta is highly regarded by his patients and peers with over a decade of practicing medicine in Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and several states in the U.S.