Updated: Apr 13, 2021
It's back to school time! And this year, going back to school is going to require schools and families working together even more than ever before. Since kids will be enduring lots of change in rules and behaviors, it can be especially important for families to be encouraging healthy behaviors at home.
Assess your own thoughts and feelings about going back and look at how you are communicating these to your child. They need to know that you are confident about the plans, so they can be confident too.
Here’s a checklist to help ensure your child’s experience in transitioning back to school is a positive one.
Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being Checklist for Going Back to School:
☐ Talk about how school will look different (i.e. desks/chairs far apart from each other,
teachers wearing masks and maintaining physical distance, lunch room plans, etc.)
☐ Check to see if your school has a plan to help students adjust when going back to school.
Students may need assistance in adjusting to the disruptions of COVID-19 on their life.
☐ Check if your school will provide training for students in coping skills for stress and
anxiety. If not, consider asking for ways to add this to your child’s at-home learning.