Check out our new Virtual Class Guide for a step-by-step approach to preparing to teach Safe Sitter® Essentials virtually, including answers to frequently asked questions.
- The Student Handbook
Keep in mind that every student needs to have a copy of the Safe Sitter® Student Handbook. Consider mailing each student their handbook along with a diaper that students can use for diapering practice. Alternatively, if your school or organization has a location for pick-up of paper materials, participants can pick up their materials in advance of class.
- Technology Tools
Instructors can utilize a variety of web/video conferencing tools such as Zoom, Google Hangouts Meet, join.me, WebEx, or GoToMeeting to connect remotely with learners. Utilize the digital presentation and include additional slides that you create to aid instruction. For remote learning situations, your Program Support Specialist can provide you with the digital presentation in a PowerPoint or Google Slides, upon request (let us know if you need a different format).
- Skills Demonstration
For choking rescue, the Instructor can demonstrate via web/video. It would be helpful for the Instructor to spend some time proactively correcting technique mistakes by covering the extra material in their Instructor Manual (page 39, Note to Instructor: How to correct technique errors that students often make) before/after students practice on their own. Likewise, for CPR, Instructors can demonstrate as above or use the Safe Sitter CPR video. Again, it’s helpful for Instructors to spend some time proactively correcting common technique errors (page 53 of the Instructor Manual).
- Skills Practice and Assessment
For each skills section, Instructors may have to be creative to assess students’ progress. First, students may not have access to a CPR manikin, but if they have access to a soft-bodied doll, they can use that to practice diapering, infant choking, and infant CPR. Second, in a small class, students may have an assigned time to demonstrate their skills “live” for the Instructor. In larger classes, students can take a video of them practicing their skills using their cell phone or tablet and email the video to the Instructor. The Instructor is then able to assess each student’s performance and give constructive feedback in diapering, choking rescue, and CPR.Child choking rescue and CPR are much more difficult without a manikin, but students can still practice the technique of abdominal thrusts and chest compressions on the same soft-bodied doll. (Note: we do not advise students to practice breathing since they don’t have access to manikins that have been disinfected or proper infection control procedures). Assessment could be done the same as above.A note about the soft-bodied doll: most “baby dolls” will work, and while not ideal, a large teddy bear could work if that’s all the student has access to.
Additional Teaching Options:
- Teach Safe@Home
Safe@Home is a mini-course designed to prepare 4th-6th graders to be safe while unsupervised for short periods of time. The course includes information on personal safety and basic first aid. A Safe@Home student booklet ($10) is required for each student and can be ordered via the online order form. A Facilitator’s Guide, digital presentation, and PDF completion certificate are included with each purchase. This course can be taught remotely utilizing video/web conferencing and the digital presentation, as long as booklets are mailed out to students (or available for pick-up) in advance of the course. Learn more about Safe@Home here.