Tips for Going Back to School Safely


Back to school looks different this year in light of COVID-19. As parents, we want to keep our kids safe and healthy.

The Iowa Clinic shares three things to consider as families get ready to go back to school safely.

  1. Coming to the doctor might feel scary right now, but it’s still important to maintain your child’s well-check appointments and vaccinations to help keep them healthy. Iowa Clinic locations have taken thoughtful precautions to keep you and your child safe when you visit.
  2. It’s important to be honest with your children about why certain precautions are in place, and while this obviously depends on their age, you can do this in a way that’s not scary or threatening. Teach your children about empathy. Safety precautions like wearing masks or changes in school are to help protect those who need it most (you can use an example, like grandparents, a family member or friend with asthma or other respiratory conditions, etc.)
  3. While many things feel like they’re returning to normal, Iowa continues to see a rise in new COVID-19 cases. Continue to follow the advice of trusted sources like your primary care provider, the Iowa Department of Health, and the CDC is the best way to keep your family safe. You can always reach out to your primary care doctor or pediatrician if you have questions.

Learn more about precautions your family can take to stay healthy as your kids get ready to go back to school safely this fall from pediatrician Allison Whitney.


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