Today, children and young people are global citizens, powerful agents of change, and the next generation of caregivers, scientists, and doctors. Any crisis presents the opportunity to help them learn, cultivate compassion and increase resilience while building a safer and more caring community. Having information and facts about COVID-19 will help diminish students’ fears and anxieties around the disease and support their ability to cope with any secondary impacts in their lives. This guide provides key messages and considerations for engaging school administrators, teachers and staff, parents, caregivers, and community members, as well as children themselves in promoting safe and healthy schools.
- Washing hands frequently (for at least 20 seconds) with soap and water or a hand
- Using Sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching face (particularly eyes, nose, and mouth).
- Staying home as much as possible, even if you don’t feel sick.
- Avoiding crowds and gatherings of 10 or more people.
- Avoiding all non-essential shopping and travel.
- Keeping 6 feet of distance between yourself and others when out.
- Getting plenty of sleep, which helps support your immune system.
- Following all recommendations from health authorities.