The fall semester of the 2020-2021 school year will be unlike any previous, with strict social distancing guidelines and new health and safety measures put in place to protect your student from the ongoing pandemic and preventing an outbreak of COVID-19 on campus. As your child begins to make arrangements for their on-campus return, it is important they keep certain things in mind in order to stay safe. 

Updating their packing lists

In addition to the usual items like shower shoes, toiletries and bedding, students should pack bottles of hand sanitizer, extra cleaning products, plastic or vinyl gloves and masks. Many schools are requiring students to wear masks at all times outside of their residences, including in hallways, bathrooms, common areas and study rooms. While campuses are continuing to offer hybrid learning between in-person and virtual classes, it is critical to make sure your student is protected when handling high-traffic touchpoints such as sink faucets, door handles, stair railings and communal desks that may not be sanitized between classes each day. Make sure your student is supplied with a few canisters of cleaning wipes in order to wipe down desks and chairs at the start of each class.

Getting a physical early 

While a physical is not required before each year of college, it is beneficial to undergo an examination at the start of this year to ensure that your student is healthy enough to return to school as well as make sure there are no underlying conditions that can lead to complications from potential COVID-19 infection. Prior to your physical, you can also set up a telemedicine screening to determine if antibody screening would be beneficial prior to your return to campus. AFC Urgent Care Norwalk can also arrange for COVID-19 swab testing to detect the active virus before you go back to school.

Flu shots

While the influenza vaccination is generally not required for school attendance, in the coming academic year, it is highly encouraged for all students. The last thing you want this fall and winter is to catch the flu and Covid-19 at the same time, or in rapid succession because your defenses are down after one illness, making you more vulnerable to the other. The flu shot will be available starting in September and provides immunization from the active strain of the flu for up to six months. 

School Physicals & Flu Shots for Students in Norwalk, CT

If your student is getting ready to return to campus for the upcoming school year, visit AFC Urgent Care Norwalk for a physical. Our center is open seven days a week and accepts most major insurance plans. For questions, please call 203-845-9100.