Watch: How to Protect our Children in this Era of Covid and the Delta Variant
On Wednesday, August 11th we brought together a distinguished panel of health and education experts to discuss how to best protect our children in this era of COVID 19 and the Delta variant.
Student/Parent Safety Checklist
1. PROTECT YOUR HOME
This will help ensure your children’s safety. Don’t allow anyone without a mask into your home who is not vaccinated.
2. WEAR A MASK
Wear a mask outside even if you’re vaccinated and especially wear a mask indoors.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or more. Remember to not touch your face, eyes, nose and/or mouth. Do not share cups, eating utensils, food and/or drinks with others. If using hand sanitizers, continue to rub your hands together until they are dry.
It’s important to have proper ventilation in the classroom. It is recommended that the air in the classroom be completely filtered six times an hour. Please check with your school to see if their filtration system is up to this standard.
5. STAY AT HOME
If you feel sick, have a cough, fever, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell, please stay home and monitor these symptoms. Follow the recommended guideline for isolation and quarantine. If your symptoms get worse, please see a doctor.
6. MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY THERAPY
If you test positive for COVID-19 and have mild symptoms, it is recommended to begin Monoclonal Antibody Therapy. This treatment can prevent you from getting sicker or being hospitalized. This potentially lifesaving treatment should be received as soon as possible after COVID-19 symptoms begin, EVEN IF you are vaccinated. Monoclonal Antibody Therapy is available at no cost to anyone 12 years and older. For more information call 619-685-2500
7. AVOID LARGE CROWDS
Socially distance yourself by at least 6 feet. The Delta variant is very aggressive and highly contagious. Please note, COVID-19 patients are getting younger and sicker, quicker.
8. COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
Encourage fellow students and parents to get vaccinated and continue to get tested.
We acknowledge that this is an abbreviated checklist and does not exhaust all recommendations.
The COVID-19 Delta Variant is a much more infections version of COVID-19. While vaccination still offers protection from serious illness, even vaccinated people can be infected by and spread the Delta Variant. A doctor from the Mayo Clinic put it this way:
Don’t be deceived that ‘I got this far and I am OK.’ This is a very different variant. It will find you.
It is imperative that we all know how to protect ourselves and our kids and one another from this new variant of the disease. It’s especially urgent with the re-opening of in-person schooling, and we will have Educational representatives on the line to discuss their plans for keeping students and educators safe.
Also on the Line
Free resources! Join us at the upcoming Community Health Fair on the first Wednesday of every month from 10:00am-3:00pm at the Jackie Robinson YMCA. •
Under a vaccine mandate approved by the Board of Education, San Diego Unified will require students who are 16 and older as of November 1, 2021 and who wish to continue learning in-person to be fully vaccinated, effective January 24, 2022 at the start of the new semester/quarter.