Keeping Healthy and Safe: Physical Distancing

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Keeping Healthy and Safe: Physical Distancing

Young children are learning to sit or stand six 6 feet apart from each other, when possible. Adults can support them with simple explanations, visual supports, and practice.

  • Provide a Simple Explanation
    Use simple phrases, such as: “Germs can hop from person to person, and we don’t want that! When we scoot far apart, we won’t share germs.”
  • Use Visual Supports
    Provide pictures of children having fun but standing far apart. Put tape or stickers on the floor to remind children to keep their distance.
  • Set Them Up for Success
    Mark available seats with colorful tape, carpet squares, or stickers.  Allow distance between tables and cots.
  • Provide Practice and Encouragement
    Demonstrate new ways to show affection, such as air high fives, air hugs, silent cheers, and thumbs up.