FAQ - Attending School During a Pandemic Answered by a Registered Nurse
This blog is written by Registered Nurse, Mama, and Welo Ambassador, Lana! We're so excited to have her share some tips for you and your kiddos.
If my kids’ grandparents live with us, should I send them back to school?
I am very much of the mindset and belief that life must continue on as normally as possible! This virus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. With that being said, we must establish a new normal. I think it’s extremely important to take all necessary precautions to ensure everyone’s safety, especially those who are elderly and immuno compromised.
At work, when we have a patient there are “universal precautions” that we implement in order to keep ourselves and our patients safe. Proper hand washing and sanitizing are a key part! If these techniques are followed I think it’s perfectly acceptable to send your children back to school, even with grandparents living in the home.
Should children/teachers with underlying health conditions return to school?
I think that this is very much a personal and case to case decision. It’s very important to educate yourself on the risks related to the diagnosis and make the best decision for yourself and your family! My 2.5 year old daughter has asthma/reactive airway. She is very good about sanitizing her hands, staying socially distanced and wearing her mask in all public spaces. Her condition is also not severe enough for me to worry that she is more susceptible to the virus than any other child. With all of these things considered, I am comfortable with sending her back to preschool. I would advise you to contact your healthcare provider if you or your child have any of the following:
- Bone marrow transplant
- Cancer/receiving cancer treatment
- Solid organ transplant
- Genetic immune deficiencies
- Use corticosteroids or other medicines called immunosuppressants. These lower the body’s ability to fight some infections.
Are there any hidden health risks associated with a return to school at this time?
There is always hidden health risks in every situation, pandemic or not! It’s important to educate yourself, assess your surroundings and continue to make the best decisions for yourself and your family. Follow the current guidelines, wash your hands, wear your masks and take your vitamins. Last but not least, be kind, non judgemental and support each other. The world needs more of that right now!
Lana Larson (@roseandgrace_) is a registered nurse, mama, and Welo Ambassador and she has answered some questions about returning to school during a pandemic. Check out her advice for talking to your kiddos about Covid-19 here!