The school year is set to begin in only a few short weeks, with the Norwalk Public Schools beginning the year using a hybrid learning model between in-person and virtual learning. With the last days of summer ticking down, it’s important to start talking to your child about what the school year will look like and begin making preparations to increase their safety measures in the coming weeks and months. 

Make sure they know how and when to wash their hands

Depending on how old your child is, they may not know how to properly wash their hands. Because you won’t be around to supervise them washing their hands or handling hand sanitizer, now is the time to teach them proper cleansing protocol to kill germs and prevent illness. 

  • Wetting their hands using warm, running water
  • Lather with antibacterial soap
  • Scrub for at least 30 seconds, including the backs of hands, between the fingers and underneath the fingernails
  • Rinse under warm, running water

In order to teach children the proper length of time to wash their hands, have them sing a verse of a song while scrubbing, including Happy Birthday, the ABC song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Adjusting to a mask

Your child may need some time to adjust from wearing a mask in short spurts to wearing a mask for eight hours a day. However, schools will likely have mask requirements for most of, if not the entire day. To help your child adjust, have them wear their mask for longer stretches each day while going through their day-to-day activities including reading a book, playing video games, watching television or spending time outdoors. Make sure you talk to your child about the necessity of masks and the importance of wearing one properly whenever necessary, especially during the school day. In order to make them feel more involved in the process, have your child pick out fabrics or characters to have featured on their masks. 

School Physicals, Student Health Care & Pediatric Urgent Care in Norwalk, CT

Before the start of the school year, make sure your child is healthy and prepared for the upcoming semester by getting a school physical. Physicals are required to be on file within 30 days of the first day of school, even during hybrid learning. AFC Urgent Care Norwalk is open seven days a week for walk-in patients including local college students and children requiring urgent care services. Most major insurance plans are accepted. For more information, please call 203-845-9100.