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    Kids all over California have returned to school, but in a time where COVID-19 or the delta variant is on every parent’s mind, what can be done to get the peace of mind that their children are safe in the classroom?

    California state officials have taken some of the most progressive steps in the country to ensure that schools open up safely and take every measure to protect staff and students. The state has set aside $25 billion for schools to upgrade classroom ventilation, hire more teachers and staff, provide COVID-19 testing, mental health resources and more.

    Parents can also do their part to protect their students. Here are some steps parents can take keep their children safe when they go to school:

    1. Have your child wear a mask – it’s simple and effective.
    2. Teach your child to wash their hands regularly.
    3. Ask your child’s school about COVID-19 testing – it’s the best way to detect the virus before your child even feels sick.
    4. Talk to your child’s school to learn more about the air quality in their classrooms.
    5. Keep your child home if they are feeling sick and let their school know.
    6. Get your family vaccinated! It’s the best way to train your immune system to fight COVID-19.

    Schedule your family’s vaccine appointment or find walk-in vaccination sites now at MyTurn.ca.gov (available in multiple languages) or by calling (833) 422-4255. It’s safe, it’s free, and it’s the best way to keep children safe from COVID-19 at school. For more information on how schools are keeping safe, parents can visit CA Safe Schools for All.

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