Back to School in 2020

It’s back to school in 2020! An exciting, yet stressful occasion for all. The last time students were in a classroom the world was substantially different. Parents and kids alike are having to adjust to a pandemic swept country. New regulations and protocols. The decision between in-person and virtual learning. And which of the two is a better fit for parents and their children.

The future remains uncertain, but with the return to school sweeping the nation. A sense of normalcy is peering over the horizon.

Many other factors come in to play with new environments and routines. You may wonder, will my child be safe at school? Will the stress and pressure take a toll? Here are some things to keep in mind.

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Immunizations

Immunizations are usually required by ISDs before kids can attend their classes. There are multiple vaccinations for ages 2 months to 17 years. Some may argue that they cause side effects. If your child is healthy, most will make it through sneezing and coughing from other students but the more serious diseases like Polio, Hepatitis, and Measles require extra protection. To protect your child, make sure they get their immunizations and take plenty of Vitamin C.

Backpacks and back pain

Once you pile all of the technical gadgets and a few books into that new backpack, it can weight up to 15+ lbs. Carrying that around all day can take a toll on your child’s back, neck, and joints.

Watch for signs of overexertion such as:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Scoliosis
  • Spine injury
  • Strain leading to headaches

KidsHealth suggests looking for the following when choosing a backpack:

  • A lightweight pack: get one that doesn’t add a lot of weight to your child’s load; for example, leather packs look cool, but they weigh more than canvas backpacks
  • Two wide, padded shoulder straps: straps that are too narrow can dig into shoulder.
  • A padded back: it not only provides increased comfort but also protects kids from being poked by sharp objects or edges (pencils, rulers, notebooks, etc.) inside the pack
  • A waist belt: this helps to distribute the weight more evenly across the body
  • Multiple compartments: to help distribute the weight throughout the pack
Bullying

Bullying has gone on for decades but today with cameras, social media, and adult involvement, it’s more publicized and has greater consequences. Kids can be cruel, even at a young age. You must let their teachers and the principal know so they can watch and protect them during the day. Talk to your child. Are they happy when they come home? Do they resist going to school, other than the normal dread of homework? If you suspect your child is being bullied, contact the teachers and principal immediately. If they don’t act, contact the police. Bullying can lead to suicide as we have all seen in past news, so it’s better to overreact than under react. StopBullying.gov has some good resources to help you as well.

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COVID-19

COVID-19 or the “Corona Virus” has been plaguing the nation since March 2020. The “extended spring break” turned into a stay-at-home order placed across the country. With our understanding of COVID-19 evolving as each day passes, we wrestle with the fact that life must go back to a new kind of normal. School is part of that. While most schools and institutions have adapted to virtual/online learning. Others are embracing a balance of both in-person and virtual, hoping to maintain social distancing standards in the process.

Back to school in 2020 brings with it a lot of uncertainty. That’s why Surepoint Emergency Center and Surepoint Family Medicine are here for you and your children to help make this school year a safe and exceptional time for all!


Surepoint Emergency Center is a modern emergency medical facility open 24/7/365. As an alternative to the traditional hospital ER experience, we offer convenience and minimal wait time, along with highly-trained emergency medical staff and state-of-the-art equipment.

Our top priority is bringing high-quality emergency care, quickly and easily to your family. We are committed to making patients feel better faster in a comforting and compassionate environment.

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