For Immediate Release
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As for many of us, this time of year has us patiently waiting for the return of our college students to come home for the holidays. This year; and to no surprise to you, it will be a little bit different. Not only has COVID-19 complicated the past eight months of our lives, it is also complicating the upcoming holidays and how to safely celebrate with our families, not to mention how to safely “allow” our college kids back into our homes.
For many college students, the Thanksgiving holiday will mean that they will return home for good. As a precaution, many universities and colleges will close their campuses after the Thanksgiving departure as a preventive measure in making sure their students and staff do not bring COVID-19 and/or possibly the flu back to campus. This will mean that many of our local college-age students will be taking their final exams virtually at home and will not be returning to their respective college until the middle of January. With this being the case and with COVID-19 still being so prevalent, how do we welcome our kids back safely and lovingly without allowing COVID-19 and the flu to tag along for the ride?
In an ideal world and knowing what we know about COVID-19 and the spread of this virus, the smartest thing we could suggest to our college-age student is to self-quarantine for at least 14 days before coming home. Realistically, however, this most likely could not happen even with the most disciplined and responsible student. For many students, they will still be having classes on campus for the next two and half weeks; not to mention, many are still relying on the cafeterias for meals, the libraries to study, and possibly using the local public transit system to get from Point A to Point B. We, as parents, can only hope and pray that our young adult children are practicing the 3Ws and avoiding the 3Cs.
So as we prepare for their arrival, what should we suggest our kids do in the next 2½ weeks to stay healthy and safe before venturing home? First of all, your young adult child must realize that they have to act responsibly, even more so in the next few weeks. As a parent, you NEED to reiterate to your child that his or her actions could possibly play a major role in the health and safety of your home. This is especially important if someone within your home already has a chronic disease, has a weakened immune system, is older, and/or if you are personally responsible in taking care of an older loved one, such as a grandparent. A mask not worn, social distancing not practiced, and/ or one party too many, could mean isolation and/or quarantine for a whole family over the holidays. Even worse, it might mean losing a loved one to COVID-19, the flu, or both if the right precautions aren’t taken.
Below are a few suggestions that the American College Health Association released recently to possibly help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the flu, as your child returns home:
At least two weeks prior to departure, students should be encouraged to:
Day of Travel Advice for Students:
Arrival at Home Advice for Students:
One of the scariest things about COVID-19 and this particular age group is that many times they are COVID positive, but have no symptoms. To be on the safe side; and even more importantly if your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID, we highly suggest that they get a COVID test as soon as they arrive home. Local testing site locations can be found throughout the county and are available throughout the week. By your child getting tested and following the guidelines above, hopefully your family can stay well, stop any spread of the virus, and enjoy your time together over the upcoming holiday season.
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