Portland pediatrician give tips on talking to kids about staying safe in the classroom | Local News

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) — Kids are going back to school in just a week, and parents may be wondering how to talk to their kids about how to stay safe when reuniting with friends in class. Especially if they are too young to be vaccinated.

FOX 12 spoke to Dr. Anne Vestergaard, a pediatrician at Broadway Medical Clinic, on how to handle the conversation. She says it’s best to ask them what they think they can do to stay safe in school to get an indication of where they are.

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She adds that many of her own patients are already so good at wearing masks that it should be a relatively easy conversation to talk about school protocols. She says that if you frame the conversation by saying it helps other people, most kids would love to be a part of that.

Not only should you remind them about masking, but she says it’s important to talk about social distancing too.

Vestergaard says a great first step to talking about these measures is for parents to model good masking and social distancing habits themselves.

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