As we emerge from the coronavirus quarantine, it’s natural to feel nervous and even hesitant—especially when it comes to your kids.
Although research and the medical community agree that children who get the virus rarely get as sick as adults, it can be tough to weigh your options for the summer. Keep your kids home? But maybe you have to get back to the office. Send them to camp or day care? But the virus could make everyone too uneasy.
Each family will have to make up their own minds about what is best, but here are some things to consider as you head toward your decision:
- What do coronavirus cases look like in your state and your city? Keeping up with the news is one way to help ease your fears about the virus. The health department for your state is a great source of information about whether or not cases in your area are rising or falling.
- Are there members of your family who have health conditions that put them more at risk? If you have older family members or immune-compromised people living in your home, you may choose to be more careful about sending your children out of the house.
- Is your camp location taking all the necessary precautions? Hand sanitizer, screening questions and required masking are some of the ways that camps and day care centers are trying to keep coronavirus from spreading.
- Does the camp have a plan for how to handle germs during the day? Ask questions to find out about handwashing procedures, frequency of sanitizing, whether visitors are allowed and what the location will do if someone gets sick.
- Does your camp have plans in place on how they will inform you if your child has come in contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19? Be sure to ask to see such plans.
- What are the recommendations from the CDC? There are recommendations for child care, schools and youth programs that include keeping children in small groups that are together all day, prioritizing time outdoors, remaining six feet apart and not sharing equipment or supplies.
In Virginia, guidance also includes no more than 10 individuals per room if inside and staggering exits and entrances to reduce contact.
It is important to stay up to date on the latest with the virus so you can base your decisions on facts and recommendations from experts. But no matter what you decide, remember that you are doing the best you can as a parent. Take a look at the article Parents, Give Yourself a Break as a reminder!