As another cohort of students return to in-classroom learning, Kids First Pediatrics wants to share some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
All children should be up to date on vaccinations. If you are not sure what vaccines your child needs, call Kids First Pediatrics, Raleigh: 919-250-3478, Clayton: 919-267-1499. AAP recommends an annual influenza vaccine for all children age 6 months and older.
Establish rules and expectations with a built-in routine for each day. Keep bedtimes the same whether learning takes place at the school or home, and limit use of digital devices at least a half-hour before bedtime.
If your child is learning from home, provide a quiet place for schoolwork with the necessary materials, such as the WIFI password, logins for accounts, pencils, paper, and organizers.
If your child is learning in school, provide multiple cloth face coverings for your child, label them so they are not confused with another child's. Practice putting on and taking off cloth face masks with your child while avoiding touching the cloth portions. Remind your child that they should clean their hands before and after touching their mask.
Have a conversation with your child's teacher so that the teacher understands how your child is handling these times emotionally and academically, especially if there are any specific issues or concerns to be aware of in order to help your child feel comfortable and supported upon returning to school.
Help children take responsibility for their learning. Don't help too much. Becoming independent takes lots of practice and developing good habits.
Talk with your child or teen and watch for any signs they need additional mental health support. Call Kids First Pediatrics and school if you suspect your child is having trouble adjusting to a new routine or struggling academically.
Parents will need to be on the look-out for any signs that a child is struggling academically or has learning differences. Contact Kids First Pediatrics, we can help evaluate if a child has a learning disability or something else going on. The signs are not always clear, and families can find information and support from resources including healthychildren.org
Keep your children home from school if they show any signs of illness. Make sure the school has an updated list of emergency contacts. Call your Kids First Pediatrics to discuss symptoms and next steps.
Children with disabilities have been especially vulnerable during this pandemic. Make sure you discuss an individualized plan with Kids First Pediatrics and educators to keep your child engaged in learning, whether at school or home.
The Kids First Pediatrics team is here for you and your children during this time. Please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. Raleigh: 919-250-3478, Clayton: 919-267-1499.
Healthychildren.org- AAP Offers Back-to-School Tips Amid COVID-19