Covid 19 info for Parents

20-August-20

Parents

It is important for parents and for those who provide education to accept that no interpersonal activity is without risk of transmission of infection at any time.

Some level of risk of infection is unavoidable as a part of a normal childhood. It is important that parents have a clear understanding of the benefits and risks of education and that it is not possible to guarantee that infection can be prevented in any setting either in a childcare centre, school or in a home.

Know the latest facts

Understand basic information about COVID-19, including its symptoms, complications, how it is transmitted and how to prevent transmission.

Stay informed about COVID-19 through reputable sources such as UNICEF and WHO and national advice and guidelines.

Be aware of fake information/myths that may circulate by word-of-mouth or online.

GUIDANCE

Recognise the symptoms of COVID-19 in your child

If your child develops COVID-19 symptoms, seek medical advice by first calling your GP.

Remember that symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough or fever can be similar to those of the flu, or the common cold, which are a lot more common.

If your child is sick, keep them home from school and notify the school of your child’s absence and symptoms.

Request reading and assignments so that students can continue learning while at home.

Explain to your child what is happening in simple words and reassure them that they are safe.

Keep children in school when healthy If your child isn’t displaying any symptoms such as a fever or cough it’s best to keep them in school – unless a public health advisory or other relevant warning or official advice has been issued affecting your child’s school.

Instead of keeping children out of school, teach them good hand and respiratory hygiene practices for school and elsewhere, like frequent handwashing, covering a cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or tissue, then throwing away the tissue into a closed bin, and not touching their eyes, mouths or noses if they haven’t properly washed their hands.

The HSE website provides further information on how to wash hands properly to decrease the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Help children cope with the stress Children may respond to stress in different ways.

Common responses include having difficulties sleeping, bedwetting, having pain in the stomach or head, and being anxious, withdrawn, angry, clingy or afraid to be left alone.

Respond to children’s reactions in a supportive way and explain to them that they are normal reactions to an abnormal situation.

Listen to their concerns and take time to comfort them and give them affection, reassure them they’re safe and praise them frequently.

If possible, create opportunities for children to play and relax. Keep regular routines and schedules as much as possible, especially before they go to sleep, or help create new ones in a new environment.

Provide age appropriate facts about what has happened, explain what is going on and give them clear examples on what they can do to help protect themselves and others from infection.

Share information about what could happen in a reassuring way.

CHECKLIST FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS

1. Monitor your child’s health and keep them home from school if they are ill.

2. Teach and model good hygiene practices for your children. • Wash your hands with soap and warm water frequently. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Always wash hands with soap and water, if hands are visibly dirty; • Ensure waste is safely collected, stored and disposed of; • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow and avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth, nose.

3. Encourage your children to ask questions and express their feelings with you and their teachers. Remember that your child may have different reactions to stress; be patient and understanding.

4. Prevent stigma by using facts and reminding students to be considerate of one another.

5. Coordinate with the school to receive information and ask how you can support school safety efforts (though parent-teacher committees, etc.).

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