School is finally back to in-person learning! Hooray!
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), teaching in-person connects students, enriches the learning environment, and significantly reduces future health risk behaviors. Thanks to teachers being back in the classroom, our youth benefit from:
- Meeting individual learning styles with increased auditory, visual, and kinetic learning opportunities.
- Improved concentrate on academic studies with fewer distractions.
- Making social connections with peers, teachers, and advisors.
- Natural student-driven discussions that boost understanding and social interactions.
Besides increasing academic understanding, there is no doubt our children’s mental and physical health is significantly enhanced by your sacrifices to provide in-person learning! Thank you! Your contribution to our children and the future is immeasurable.
But there still is this little thing called COVID-19 and its associated variants to deal with. With that floating around (along with the upcoming flu and cold season), how can you help prevent the spread of germs in the classroom?
Health Tips for Safe In-Person School Learning
Studies conducted by the CDC show what every teacher already knows. The current pandemic has created significant stress, anxiety, and trauma for everyone, especially children. Besides being mentally engaged, students learn best when they are in a positive place emotionally and physically.
In August 2021, the CDC listed several tips for safe back-to-school learning. These tips range from wearing a helmet to preventing heat-related illnesses to taking COVID-19 seriously. Our health tips simply state in black and white the best ways to prevent spreading contagious diseases.
- Get vaccinated.
Besides the regular routine vaccinations, the COVID and flu vaccinations save lives and reduce hospitalizations.
2. If you are sick, stay home from school or work.
Most respiratory viruses are passed through microscopic respiratory air particles and droplets. If you are not dealing with seasonal allergies and you are coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose, it increases the chances of spreading the illness to other people.
If one of your students is ill (especially coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose), send them to the school nurse for evaluation. Send classwork home via email, a sibling, or other means. Encourage students to stay home until they recover.
3. Eat healthy. Prioritize sleep. Be active.
Proper nutrition, sleep, and exercise strengthen the immune system to fight off colds and viruses and improve overall energy. Teacher Power’s new immunity-boost energy drinks are specifically designed to help boost your immune system.
4. Wear a mask indoors regardless of your vaccination status.
According to the CDC, asymptomatic individuals can still pass respiratory illnesses to those who are unvaccinated or have compromised immune systems. The deadliness of the COVID pandemic makes wearing a mask a service of compassion when you cannot maintain a distance of more than six feet between yourself and others.
5. Frequently wash your hands and make sure your students are washing their hands, too.
Washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds removes microscopic germs better than using hand sanitizer. Teacher Power’s printable wash your hands sign is an easy way to remind students to please wash their hands after using the restroom or blowing their nose or before eating.
Free Printable Cold and Flu Season Posters
We all need frequent reminders for appropriate cold and flu season practices. In the classroom, let our free printable hygiene signs take care of the reminding for you.
Our handwashing poster is perfect for posting in school bathrooms and at the classroom sink. Hang our Wear Your Mask and Keep Your Hands Clean poster on your classroom door. The Keep Our Classroom Safe poster gently reminds students to keep their hands clean by reducing touching, cleaning surfaces, and staying home when do not feel well.
The printable pdf files available in this download are:
- Mask and Hand Hygiene Poster
- Keep Our Classroom Safe
- Handwashing 101: Wash Your Hands Poster
Mask and Hand Hygiene Poster
Keep Our Classroom Safe
Handwashing 101: Wash Your Hands Poster
Additional free-printable handwashing posters are available on the CDC’s website entitled: Handwashing: Clean Hands Safe Lives Posters. Discover other free printables and downloadables on Teacher Power’s website.
Thank you for heading back into the classroom. Here at Teacher Power, we know teacher’s empower students! Our hats are off to you!
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“Four Benefits of In-Person Learning.” KIPP Texas Public Schools. 2021. https://kipptexas.org/4-benefits-of-in-person-learning/
“Science Brief: COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccinations.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/fully-vaccinated-people.html