Guidelines for gatherings while school is closed

King County Public Health has these excellent guidelines. They are summarized below. Click the link to see the full website and download the pdf.

First, a few general rules of thumb:

If your child’s sick, keep them home and separate them from others. Sick household members should separate from other people and animals and reach out to their healthcare provider with concerns.

Over 60? Have a chronic medical condition? Pregnant? Try to avoid gatherings and caring for other people’s kids. If you fall into one of these high-risk categories, put your own health first. Refrain from taking care of other people’s children if possible.

Social distancing helps slow down the spread of disease. Social distancing means staying 6 feet or at least an arm’s length away from others.

Respiratory hygiene habits go a long way. Teach your kids:

Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash their hands.

Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Don’t share food, water bottles, utensils, or cups.

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