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Safe hygiene practices, a focus on mental health, and grief support for your school.
Practice and Promote Healthy Habits With Lysol
The best weapon against germs is knowledge. Throughout the pandemic, school leaders exercised resilience and flexibility to ensure that their students practice good, healthy habits. Now that the 2021–2022 school year has begun, it’s important to keep reinforcing those healthy habits in the classroom as we continue to seek a return to normalcy.
Lysol and NAESP are committed to sharing resources in support of efforts to ensure that students practice healthy habits in the classroom and at home. And Lysol is proud to support healthy habits in schools across the country through its HERE for Healthy Schools initiative.
Teachers, administrators, and school leaders can find resources and downloadable activities on handwashing, viral transmission, and other valuable lessons to share with children through the Healthy Habits Program. Practicing healthy habits can help curb the spread of COVID and other illnesses in classrooms.
Lysol and NAESP encourage schools to take the necessary precautions for a safe school year. For more information on Lysol HERE for Healthy Schools and resources for a successful school year, please visit Lysol.com/HERE.
Next Up: Mental Health
Stay tuned for the next issue of Principal magazine, which will focus on mental health. Principals have expressed great concern about deteriorating mental health among students and educators alike, some noting that their own mental health has suffered due to stress. Look to Principal magazine to help recognize gaps in your own training on providing SEL support for teachers, families, and students; the impact of poverty on mental health; and the importance of play for young learners.
2021 is a different kind of back-to-school year. As schools move toward full in-person learning, students and educators alike continue to adapt. Many students and educators are grieving what has been lost during COVID-19 closures—chances to socialize with peers, start kindergarten, or participate in sports or the performing arts. Most have been affected by ongoing issues in the broader world as well, such as social justice, racial inequity, bitter political divides, and the financial impact of the pandemic.
Grief Support for Your School
Quick Tips: Reach out personally early in the year. Acknowledge that grief creates challenges. Let students know you are available to talk—or listen—if any concerns arise. For specific guidance on what to say, scan the QR code to see these materials from the Coalition to Support Grieving Students.
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