17 July 2020
Are your children asking you why they have to follow our preschool’s safe management measures?
Find out how to tackle their top 5 questions from our Stay Safe Heroes
1) Why must we wear a mask when we are in school?
Ana says: It is a rule now for everyone to wear a mask when they leave their homes because the COVID-19 virus is spreading in the community. Wearing a mask can help to keep everyone safe.
Tip for parents: Eliminate your child’s fear of wearing a mask by allowing him/her to choose a mask with a favourite design. Or get your child to put on a mask for a doll or stuffed toy and explain to your child how the mask helps keep germs away.
2) Why must we take our temperature so many times a day? I have to do it 3 times in school! It is so tiring and boring to wait for my turn everytime.
Ben says: Taking our temperature is important to check if we have a fever. If our temperature is 37.5°C or higher, we have a fever and it means that there are germs attacking our body and our body is working hard to fight them. When we have a fever, we must rest at home and see a doctor. We should only return to school when we have fully recovered.
Tip for parents: Acknowledge your child’s feelings about being made to take temperature several times a day. Let your child know that you appreciate his/her effort to be patient each time.
3) Why are we cleaning everything in the class?
Kim says: We are cleaning everything to keep them clean from germs. You can help to keep your tables clean by wiping it down with a disinfectant after use.
Tips for parents: As we continue to fight COVID-19, let children know that they can play a big role when they help their teachers to keep the classroom clean. They are helping to get rid of the germs to protect everyone in the class.
4) How do I know if someone has germs or who to avoid?
Zul says: It is hard to tell if a person has germs that makes others sick. That’s why we need to wash our hands frequently, wear a mask and stay a safe distance from people.
Tips for parents: Let children know that germs are so tiny that we can’t see it with our eyes. That’s why we are unable to know if someone is sick or not. But there is no need to worry and avoid people as long as we all observe good personal hygiene and wear a mask at all times when we are out.
5) Why can’t mummy and daddy join me for activities in school now?
Teacher Jane says: Mummy and daddy can’t participate in activities with you because your school only allows children and teachers to enter. This is an important step to prevent germs from entering our classrooms and keeping everyone safe in school.
Tips for parents: Your child has done very well to adapt to new routines and structures. And naturally, your child will crave for your presence. Assure them that you are doing the right thing by staying away from their classroom. And once COVID-19 is under control, things will be normal again and you can join him/her for activities in the classroom.
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