Protect learners and teachers as they return to school: CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged responsible authorities to ensure that learners and teachers are protected against Covid-19 as they return to schools in light of stabilisation in infections across the world.

In Zimbabwe, the opening of schools, for the second term as a result of the pandemic is now imminent.

In a statement Monday, the CDC said the health of both teachers and learners was important.

“As schools plan for a safe return to campus this year, it is critically important to consider the health and well-being of students and staff, and address issues with Covid-19, mental and physical health, and managing other chronic health conditions,” said the CDC.

“When school health policies and practices are put in place, healthy students can grow to be healthy and successful adults. This return to school season is like no other. Schools must be prepared to protect children from Covid-19, while also addressing a wide array of other pandemic-related challenges returning students are facing. In addition to keeping students safe from Covid-19, they will need to provide safe and supportive school environments to promote student well-being and recovery.”

CDC data shows that the pandemic has created significant stress and trauma for children, adolescents, and families.

“Schools can help promote student well-being with CDC evidence-based strategies like establishing safe and supportive school environments and referring students to appropriate mental and physical health services,” said the CDC.

“Handwashing with soap and water is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of colds, flu, and other diseases to others.

Eat well, be active, and get enough sleep. Make sure children drink plenty of water, limit sugary drinks, and practice healthy eating at home and school to help achieve and maintain a healthy weight and to support brain development and healthy growth.”

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