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Back to school pointers during the coronavirus pandemic

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Posted at 1:08 PM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 15:08:02-04

IDAHO — Navigating the new school year can be confusing, but it is especially hectic this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why the Twin Falls School District is working on a list of parent pointers.

The district is recommending all the things they usually would during the last few weeks of summer, including setting a sleep schedule and checking travel routines. They are also adding some extra tips for parents in the time of coronavirus. Even your kids do not go to school in the Twin Falls area, it is important to check in with students every day.

"Do daily health screenings with their students," said Eva Craner, Twin Falls School District. "Ask them how they're feeling, do they have a cough, a runny nose, a sore throat?"

Doing those health check-ins are important to help stop the spread of the virus. It can be hard to tell what is just a sniffle and what is something more contagious. St. Luke's says if you or your kids feel sick at all, stay home.

"For the time being, we should all assume that it's COVID and stay home," said Dr. Kenny Bramwell, St. Luke's Children's Hospital Assistant Medical Director. "That's a lot of disruption, I recognize, but the only way we're going to slow the spread of this effectively--maybe not the only way--but one of the best ways is once you start having symptoms stay home."

St. Luke's has a COVID-19 self-assessment tool on their website. You can click here to check it out.