Back to school for 2020 looks a little different this year. What's supposed to be an exciting time is now full of questions and uncertainty. Many people are opting for a virtual back-to-school experience to prevent more COVID-19 spread, however, research shows us that students are learning best in school as opposed to remote learning.
Nebraska Methodist College has implemented changes to safely transition this fall.
"I feel we are making the best decision for our colleges and universities," said Deb Carlson, president and CEO of Nebraska Methodist College. "With masks, social distancing, handwashing and cleaning, we can provide a safe environment for students and faculty to work and learn."
Schools, colleges and universities across the country (and around the world) have been working closely with public health experts to determine the best ways to reopen safely for the fall semester. Students and teachers alike are torn between concerns about the virus and looking forward to seeing people in person and having human connections we've all been missing. Here are the best ways to get back to school safely while still enjoying your education experience.
Wear your mask!
Scientific evidence is pointing towards masks reducing the spread of coronavirus. The CDC guidelines recommend that all of us wear masks or facial coverings to slow the pandemic, and all schools are requiring students and faculty to wear them. If you don't want to wear the traditional masks, try fun, colorful ones or personalized masks. You can find so many online made by local makers — not only are you supporting a good cause, but you're making the most out of bad situation.
Keep your (social) distance.
It's so tempting to want to hug classmates you haven't seen for a while or shake hands with new acquaintances, but it's still important to practice social distancing on campus with at least of six feet between others. The good news is, you still have the option to socialize in person and on campus rather than over video or social media — just give yourself some space.
Keep those hands clean.
And don't touch your face! Public health experts insist that keeping your hands away from your eyes, mouth and nose is paramount. Keep that travel-sized hand sanitizer hand in your purse or backpack.
This is an abnormal situation that will feel strange for a long time to come. But it's important to remember that we're all feeling this together. Give yourself permission to be sad and miss the way things used to be, but also try to create new, fun memories at school. Join in virtual activities and socially distanced gatherings and meet new people. Always reach out to family and friends to talk about how you're feeling with everything. You're not alone, and we'll get through this together.
Keep up with us as we follow the changing information regarding coronavirus with our COVID-19 resource page.
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