When the Centers for Disease Control released their considerations for operating schools during COVID-19, many of us wondered how we could make them work in our own settings. Whether you’re already back to in-person instruction or planning to return later on in the school year, you’ll need some help. That’s where these resources to help promote healthy habits in the classroom come in. We know you can put the following to good use:
Educational Reminder Posters
Developed in conjunction with the CDC Foundation, these five posters remind students of the big five rules when it comes to staying healthy at school: stay 6 feet apart; cover your cough and sneeze; wash your hands; wear a mask; stay home if you’re sick. Plus, they’re super cute! We’re huge fans of using the “vampire dab” to cover your sneeze or cough.
Stickers and Decals
These are a game changer. The Show, Don’t Share stickers are an Avery template that can be personalized and printed. Stick them on kids’ stuff so they remember to keep their supplies separate. The Hotspot decals can be placed on doorknobs, light switches, and other high-touch areas to remind students to wash their hands when they touch germy places. And you’ll definitely want the HERE stickers. Print them using the Avery template and place them 6 feet apart to encourage social distancing.
There are 33 total lesson plans, with lessons grouped by grade bands PreK-1, Grades 2-3, and Grades 4-5. The lessons cover a range of topics: germ education, handwashing, avoiding close contact, covering coughs and sneezes, and wearing a mask. The three newest lesson plans can help you address COVID-19 and what can be done in the classroom to help stop the spread.
There are tons of other resources available—everything from a Trash Your Tissue target sticker to a Healthy Habits Soundboard. You definitely want to check it out.