For many children, they are already in school but for others, they start in a few weeks. This is a very nervous time for kids and parents alike, especially during this pandemic. For many kids school is very difficult no matter what is happening in the world. Add a pandemic plus school and that equals more than just the normal school anxiety of meeting new kids, let alone their teacher. These tips will help better prepare your child to go back to school!
Tell them what their daily routines would be like.
Informing your child of what their schedule will be. You may want to confirm with the school if there are any changes to their day-to-day schedule. Does your child’s school offer any virtual days Attend any open houses if possible so they are not surprised on the first day? Be in the know of changes by joining the local school page on social media.
Talk to your child.
Have your child speak to you about school. They can use this time to express themselves and be vocal about their feelings. Now would be a good time to ease their concerns and calming down any exciting emotions. The big conversation is that parents need to remind their kids to wear their masks, washing hands frequently, and have social distance when possible.
Have your child speak with friends!
Kids are feeling vulnerable today because of being in quarantine for the last year. Many kids have not seen or spoken to many of their friends. Remind them they can meet with friends by practicing social distancing or they can have a virtual chat before school starts. This will give them a piece of mind before they meet in school.
Visit the School before it starts!
You will want to bring your child to his or her school before it starts. This year open houses will be a bit different due to the restrictions. But this is a better way to have your child know his or her surroundings before they get there. Plus it helps you know where your child will be when they go back to school.
Make a plan for pick up and drop-offs before school starts.
If your child is being dropped off or taking a bus, you will want to have a plan of how they are getting to you. Make arrangements if your children or walking to school or riding with friends, you will be more at ease with how they are getting to and from home. Remind your kids they must follow any rules like wearing a mask on the bus going to school and going home.
As a parent today we have so much to worry about for our children when they are not with us. After this last year of doing virtual school, kids being in school is more important than ever. Keeping them educated in a safe environment will help our kids grow and keep them safe at the same time.
If you want to know more ways to keep kids safe while in school, please visit the CDC website for more guidelines.
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