10 things you can do to prepare for returning back to school

PRACTICE HAND HYGIENE:  Teach your child to sing the ABC’s or count to 20 while washing the front, back and in between the fingers.

PRACTICE PUTTING MASK ON/OFF:  Your child will be required to wear a mask on the bus, upon entering school, and within common areas.  For young children, it may be helpful if their doll, stuffed animal, or action figure has a mask to wear as well.

PRACTICE 6 FT. DISTANCE:  Measure the distance on the floor.  Consider laying pieces of paper down for a visual.

PURCHASE A THERMOMETER: Check your child’s temperature,  If they have a fever they must stay home until fever-free without the use of Tylenol/Motrin.  If they develop a fever at school, they will be required to remain out of school until fever-free for at least 3 days.  Either one of these situations may require doctor documentation stating that it is safe for their return to school.

MAKE/PURCHASE MASKS:  Consider making or purchasing extra masks to ensure proper time to wash them between use.  Label your child’s mask.

UPDATE IMMUNIZATIONS/PHYSICALS:  Contact your child’s pediatrician for an appointment.  **There will be a drive-thru Tdap clinic for rising 7th graders provided by the Health Dept. at Andrew Lewis Middle School on 8/18 from 4-6 pm.**

HAVE YOUR HEALTH PLANS UPDATED:   If your child has Diabetes, Asthma, Allergy, Seizure or any other diagnosis – then they will need a health care plan completed by their healthcare provider and parent/guardian.  Please follow this link for online forms:
http://www.salem.k12.va.us/home/student-services/student-health-information/
If you do not have access to the online forms, please call your school to request a copy of the form to be mailed to you.

PURCHASE REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE: Water fountains will not be in service.

VERIFY/UPDATE EMERGENCY CONTACTS: If your child presents with COVID like symptoms, they will need to be picked up immediately.  Please ensure a contact can be reached at any given time.

STAY INFORMED: Educate yourself from reliable sources such as the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health.