By Elena Allison
Fall is here! Hear the yell! Back to school.. Grab your masks and hand sanitizer! If you’re a parent, you’ve probably been preparing for this day since your child’s spring break turned into a four month long weekend. With summer camp, swim team, and family vacations all cancelled, our kids have been literally bouncing off the walls. As much as we want to see them back in school, back around their friends, and back to feeling somewhat normal again, we can’t help but be worried for them after months of social distancing. However, there are some things you can do to help your child and yourself feel prepared for this colossal change. Rafi Nova has set you up with the ultimate back to school list so you can go back with style and confidence.
Your child will likely be expected to wear a mask throughout the day. This is difficult even for the most dedicated adults, and children find this even harder. Let your child choose a mask that they think is comfortable, and has a fun color or pattern on it so they actually enjoy wearing it! Send a few backup masks with them in their backpack, and make sure you label them clearly with their name or initials so there is no accidental swapping. Before the first day, make sure your child knows the proper way to put on and remove a mask (by the ear straps without touching the center). Allow them to practice, either on themselves or on a stuffed animal or doll! Make sure they know what times it is okay to not wear a mask (ie. the cafeteria) and when they should wear one (ie. traveling between locations, on the school bus).
2. Storage for Masks
Storing masks that are contaminated correctly is just as important as wearing masks correctly! Designate a bag or pocket for only dirty masks, or use the Rafi Nova Mask Case. Make sure your child knows how to correctly remove his/ her mask and wash after each use.
Send your child with packs of tissues so they are prepared to properly cover their mouths and noses when they cough and sneeze!
4. Hand Sanitizer
This is a must. Give your child his or her own individually sized pack of hand sanitizer so they do not have to share and potentially spread germs.
5. A Reusable Water Bottle
A reusable water bottle will help your child avoid water fountains, which may have high contamination risk.
6. Hair Ties/ Headbands
Keeping hair out of faces will keep hands out of faces!