Health official gives tips on preparing kids for a safe school return

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – While they continue community-wide testing, the Fayette County Health Department is also looking ahead to the safe reopening of schools.

Fayette County Health Officer Dr. Anita Stewart is working alongside the school board as she says right now the plan is to do a staggered schedule to start.

However, as the plan evolves, she says it is important to start kids in the routine now speaking calmly and honestly to them about what this year could potentially look like. 

“Some things that are a little different this year, you know, work on wearing the mask and kind of getting used to that, washing our hands, talking about why we wash our hands and how we wash our hands, using hand sanitizer when that’s not available,” she said. “You know, teaching covering you cough and sneeze with your elbow, trying to stay six fit apart.” 

Dr. Stewart recommends letting them decorate or pick out their own mask to make it fun. 

Anna Saunders
Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.