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COVID-19 Back to School Tips

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COVID-19 Back to School Tips

School is going to look a lot different for students this year due to the current COVID-19 pandemic around the world. Some school systems are relying on virtual or remote learning while others are testing the waters with in-person learning. We’ve found 2 articles that tackle both side of the education coin whether virtual or in-person.

This article from WRAL Channel 5 shares some virtual learning tips for those who have opted it for their children:

Start Communicating – reach out to teachers/administrators/counselors as often as needed. Make use of all resources provided, whether necessary or not. Schooling from home should be as close to in-person learning as possible. Engage in the classes and ask questions if your student is struggling.

Get on a Schedule – even though your child may not being going to in-person classes, they still should be on a regular school schedule. Going to bed on time and waking up on time are important for keeping up a school routine. Start a few days before classes are to start in order to help your child get used to the new schedule.

Limit Distractions – your child should have an area set up in an area of your home to help become conducive to learning. It should be able to limit noise or distractions that may take away from your child’s ability to pay attention and do their schoolwork.

Be sure to read the full article for more tips on virtual or remote learning

 

If your child is able to go to school for in-person learning, MSN has these tips to help you:

Get Supplies – on top of the normal items like pencils and notebooks, your child will also need a sturdy backpack (since most schools are not allowing the use of lockers) to keep their school books and others items in. Portable hand sanitizer is also a must as well as a spare face mask or two.

Good Hygiene – get your children into the routine of using hand sanitizer after touching books/surfaces, wash their hands for at least 20 seconds after using the restroom, & remember social distancing.

Have a Conversation – talk with your children about going back to school and what it will look like. Reassure them and get them to ask questions in order to allay any fears they may harbor about going back to class.

Be sure to read the full article for some additional tips for going back to school for in-person learning.

 

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Pet Travel Tips

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Pet Travel Tips

The current virus pandemic has dried up many vacation plans via airline & cruise ships. Many people are opting to camp or drive somewhere for vacations. The Huffington Post has some tips for traveling with your pets whether by car or airline.

Take Short Trips – Taking short trips will help your pet acclimate to riding in a vehicle and helps you to gauge how they will do. Does your pet get agitated or carsick? Finding this out beforehand is better than having to clean up barf off the floorboards or a damaged interior from an anxious pet that wants out of the vehicle.

Buckle That Pet – Unrestrained pets cause more than 30,000 accidents each year. Keep them in the backseat and either contained in a pet carrier/pet carseat/pet barrier.

Don’t Leave Them – Car temps can exceed 100 degrees in a matter of minutes exposed to the sun. If you are going to a destination that is not pet-friendly, it’s better to leave them at a kennel or at home rather than stuck in a car (even with the windows open).

Check the Airline – There are regulations and additional fees involved with pets traveling by air which can include specific pet carriers/vaccinations/pet health standards.
Be sure to read the full article from the Huffington Post for more tips on traveling with your pet!

 

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Beach Safety Tips

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Beach Safety Tips

More and more people are staying local for vacations due to the virus pandemic which means visiting local lakes/beaches. This article from WebMD shares tips on how to stay safe while enjoying the beach:

Watch the Rip Current – If at all possible, visit a beach with a lifeguard on duty. Drowning chances are cut down to 1 in 18 million where lifeguards are present. If you are caught in a rip current, swim to one side or the other until you can break free from the current. DO NOT attempt to fight the current because the current is faster than even an Olympic swimmer can swim.

Floating & Swimming – Use floats only in areas where you are able to swim. Use a tether or leash so you don’t lose the float/board.

Stop Sunburn – Choose the right sunscreen, don’t rely on just the SPF. Use sunscreens that have either titanium dioxide or zinc oxide as they block both UVA & UVB rays. Reapply every 2 hours or so, sooner if you go into the water or are sweating.
Be sure to read the entire article from WebMDfor more tips on being safe at the beach!

 

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