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The CDC releases its “back to school guidelines”

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As of the date of today’s article, Governor Cuomo has not shared information about what the fall school year will look like. Although he did recently announce that children who require special needs educational support will have classroom programs implemented.  Will look for updates.

We don’t mean to rush summer, but parents may need to have a little heads up when it comes to preparing for September.  The CDC, the nation’s health protection agency, has been working 24/7 to put together the following safety guidelines for parents.

PLAN AND PREPARE

Practice and reinforce good prevention habits with your family

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Keep your child at home if sick with any illness

If your child is sick, keep them at home and contact your healthcare provider. Talk with teachers about classroom assignments and activities they can do from home to keep up with their schoolwork.

Be prepared if your child’s school or childcare facility is temporarily dismissed

Talk with your employer about sick leave and telework options in case you need to stay home with your child. Consider planning for alternate childcare arrangements.

IF YOUR SCHOOL/CHILD CARE PROGRAM IS DISMISSED

Keep track of school dismissal updates

Read or watch local media sources that report school dismissals or stay in touch with your school.

Talk to your school about options for digital and distance learning

Discourage children and teens from gathering in other public places while school is dismissed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community

Seek guidance from your school administrator to determine when students and staff should return to schools

Duration of school dismissals will be made on a case-by-case basis based on the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the specific situation in your community. Students and staff should be prepared for no school programs that  could last several days. Administrators will be working with their local health authorities determining the duration of dismissals.




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