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How will corona virus impact on back to school?
We have been self isolating for a long time now. Somehow most of us were getting used to the status quo. It was hard at first having kids at home every in a sort of confined space but we were learning to work around it. I guess most parents are anxious about how the corona virus will impact children going back to school. They are worried about what is going to happen when their kids are to go back to school.
I had a discussion with parents from different countries and they came up with different views on the matter. Most parents said they are so afraid for their children to go back because they have seen News items about countries who had opened up having spikes again. Some schools also have reported infections. Some moms fear there is not enough information on the virus to make it safe to send kids back to school.
Fear of the unknown is great. We really do not understand this virus fully to make those kinds of decisions.
Back to normalcy
Some moms think the kids have to start having a normal life again. As a result they feel if measures are put in place at school they will definitely send their kids back. Other moms feel the kids need to see and be among others so going back to school gives them that.
There are others who say they have no choice at all but to send kids back to school and necessary as they themselves need to go back to work.
We need to create a new normal. We need to take the first steps as safely as possible and starting living our lives and that include sending kids back to school.
Lack of preparation and logistics
was looking at countries who do not have as much logistics. For instance most kids walk to school and they walk together in groups. Let us there was someone with the disease then they will already have infected others before they even get to the school gates. There are those who use public transport which means the costs will escalate as more buses and drivers will be needed to promote social distancing in the bus.
Schools have opened where I live. Most opened for a week before corona virus cases appeared and they had either to self isolate or close again altogether. Since opening corona virus cases have been on the rise and lock downs for areas which are having a steep rise has been introduced. This is having a great impact on our children’s education.
So what now?
As moms, we always worry about our kids rightfully so. It is more difficulty now because we are facing an invisible enemy which really we are not yet fully sure of how it operates.
- Gather as much information from reliable sources as possible to be able to make a decision which is right for you and your kids. Your government health information maybe the most reliable to use.
- Do not be influenced by others but make decisions based on fact and knowledge. Some moms have been shamed in Social media groups for saying they will be sending their kids back to school.
- Make a list of pros and cons and be open-minded about it.
- Find as much information as possible about the safety measures taken by your kid’s school
- Educate your kids. Talk frankly to your kids about the realities of the virus and different ways of protecting themselves
- Consider getting your kids masks and stress the importance of having them on.
We live in unprecedented times. We as parents will need to be prepared to make difficult decisions for ourselves and our kids. Life still needs to go on but we also need to be cautious and practice safety and hygiene. We also need to look after our mental health because this is taking a toll on many of us. We need to spend less time on outlets whose news or stories are not true and course panic and anxiety. Most of we need to stay positive and follow advice and guidelines.