Safe Return to School Toolkit

Tags: Pediatric Patients. Return to School

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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) has prepared this document to support the safe reopening of schools across Windsor and Essex County, incorporating infection control and prevention along with pandemic preparedness. The eight steps listed in this document were developed using recommendations from reliable and credible resources including SickKids Hospital, the World Health Organization, Ontario’s Ministry of Health, and contains information developed by the WECHU. This guidance document does not aim to replace recommendations from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, or other stakeholders, but instead offers key support material based on evidence-based practices.

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

WHO Advice on parenting in the time of COVID-19

Tags: Parenting during COVID-19. Pediatric Patients. Mental Health

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To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, these six one-page tips for parents cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. Use them to your and your kids’ advantage, and have fun in doing so.

Talking to Children About COVID-19

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“.. It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. However, children also need factual, age-appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety..”


National Association of School Psychologists