We cannot overemphasize the importance of thorough hand-washing with soap and water. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission like grocery stores and pharmacies. For mask patterns, please see Buckley at Home.
Our Health Office is well-versed in these topics and our school nurse Christine Smolyanskiy welcomes any and all questions. She is in regular contact with our liaison at the Los Angeles Department of Public Health.
In terms of the virus’s impact on the social and emotional well-being of our community, this article by child development and behavior specialist Betsy Brown Braun offers good advice for framing the topic for young children. In a nutshell, she advises not to be afraid to discuss the topic with your child at any age -- better you get to them first! Hearing the facts about germs, hygiene, and immunity can address anxiety and arm them with real information!