educators, it’s hard not to be concerned about the recent spread of the
coronavirus. Not only are adults
worried, but students are as well. How
do we deal with these rising fears? We
As principals, we are the filter for our schools. How we react sets a tone for our schools. Let’s start by educating ourselves, so we know the facts, and then sharing what we know with our staffs. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is a good place to start – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html, and many educational organizations are providing excellent resources to help districts educate their constituencies about the virus. Here are a few:
districts will also receive guidance from the Indiana Department of Education
and develop their own response plans to this emerging issue, so check with your
district to determine the appropriate actions and protocols for information
will be asking questions and wanting information as well. It’s important to listen and hear their
concerns, then help them understand the facts and how to protect
themselves. How will this be
accomplished in your school? Here are a
few good articles about how to talk to kids about coronavirus:
More importantly, the adults in the building need to stay calm. We are all a little nervous about this, but we can’t transfer this to our students. Let’s emphasize things like washing our hands, using a tissue, staying home when sick, etc., but not to the point we scare kids. We are the filters. Let’s help our students handle this in a positive, productive manner.
CDC Everyday Preventive Actions to HelpPrevent the Spread of Respiratory Diseases
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Jingle by James Cole Elementary School Principal & IPLI Mentor Mike Pinto
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Now I’ve washed my hands nicely. This can help me stay healthy.