What's in their backpacks?

school backpack

What’s in their backpacks?

If your kids are going back into a classroom this year, send them with the right items to stay healthy and safe at school.
parent and child and contact card
Emergency Card

to provide emergency
contact info pdf icon[PDF – 134 KB]

sanitizer and tissues
Hand Sanitizer
& Tissues

to avoid spreading
germs to others

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Hand sanitizer should be used with adult supervision for children under six years of age.

face covering
Face Covering

to reduce the spread
of COVID-19

healthy foods with backpack
Healthy Breakfast,
Lunch, & Snacks

to encourage good nutrition
throughout the day

water bottles
Water Bottle

to stay hydrated and
avoid sugary drinks

children running
Sneakers &
Loose-Fitting Clothing

to make it easy to be active

bicycle helmet

to prevent serious types of
head or brain injury
if they bike to school

bug repellent
Insect Repellent

to protect from mosquitoes,
ticks, and other insects

child wearing sunglasses and hat
Sunscreen, Hat, Sunglasses,
Long Sleeves, & Pants

to protect from the sun

teacher measuring distance between desks

hand washing


Prevent the spread of germs. Teach your kids the five handwashing steps—wet, lather, scrub, rinse, and dry—and the key times to wash hands, such as after using the bathroom or before eating.

people 6 feet apart

Teach your kids why it’s important to stay at least 6 feet away from others to slow the spread of COVID-19.

hand wipes

Remember to clean and disinfect items from your child’s backpack daily.

Additional guidance for childcare, schools, and youth programs.
For more about how to prevent chronic disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle,
follow @CDCChronic on Twitter or visit www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease.

What’s in their backpacks? pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB]

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Page last reviewed: November 13, 2020