The end of the summer is here and kids are heading back to school in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. Many schools have already started and some have yet to start. With summer schedules of relaxation coming to an end, now is the time to get your home ready for in-school and remote learning for 2021-2022 school year.
Organize Your Inventory
Save your sanity and don’t try to remember every little thing for back to school. The first step is to write down a priority list of things that your kid(s) are going to need this year. There is a good chance that you have some school supplies leftover from last year and you won’t need to get as many new things this school year.
Most schools provide a back-to-school list of supplies your kiddo is going to need to this school year. Inventory what you have leftover from last year and get rid of anything that is broken, worn out, too small or stained beyond repair.
Now, make a list of the supplies that your kid(s) need and stick to it. Having a defined list will help you to not spend to much money or buy things that they don’t need.
Sanitize High Touch Areas
This past year has been all about disinfecting high-touch areas in schools and at home because of COVID-19. With the new school year starting up, don’t let up with that routine. Going into the fall season is the time of year that flu shows up in schools and homes. Our hands touch so many surfaces throughout the day, aside from washing them constantly, disinfecting surfaces like doorknobs, glass, switches, remote controls, handles and any other area that your family touches. This will help to keep the flu and COVID-19 at bay. Of course, wash your hands with warm soapy water often to prevent the spread of germs at school and at home.
If your kids are going back to school and they are required to wear masks in the school, make sure you have a clean one for each day. According to John Hopkins Childrens Hospital, “Myth: Masks don’t actually do anything to prevent the spread of COVID-19.” Here is what they say about that.
Masks decrease the risk of spreading viruses, like COVID-19, by decreasing the respiratory droplets spread through your nose or mouth. How well masking helps with COVID-19 spread is still being researched; however, we do have good data from other viruses that masking can reduce spread and thus reduce new infections. When you speak, sneeze, cough or sing, small particles of fluid, called respiratory droplets, are released from your mouth or nose. Some of these droplets are large enough to be seen, but many of them are too small to be seen. COVID-19 is spread through these droplets.
If you wear a mask, you decrease the number of droplets that spread from your nose and mouth out into the environment around you. If you happen to be sick or carrying the virus, wearing a mask decreases the amount of virus around you as well. If less virus is in the environment, the chance of getting sick from COVID-19 decreases. As more people wear masks and face coverings, the chance of coming across the virus will decrease. A mask is only effective if it is worn properly by covering both the mouth and the nose.
Cloth masks can be used to safely if you wash them daily or have more than one mask at home. Proper laundering of cloth masks removes any viruses, bacteria or respiratory secretions that may build up in the mask. Clean masks don’t develop mold or make you sick. Over course, you should wash them in soap and water daily.
If you haven’t gotten a magnetic dry-erase calendar in your house, you should. This will help you to keep track of your and the kids’ activities as the school year can get pretty busy. Put up weekly events to everyone know what’s going on. They also make some great yearly paper calendars that will help you to organize your schedule and your family.
As your kids get older, you should set up a homework zone that is free from distractions like TV and other people doing activities around the house. This should be a quiet place that is distraction-free for them to concentrate on doing homework. It should also have school supplies near the desk.