Many experts believe the benefits of being physically at school far outweigh the risks. That’s because kids learn better in the classroom – they’re more likely to stay on track and avoid falling behind.
Administrators and teachers are taking precautions to keep everyone healthy and safe. But it doesn’t stop there. Here’s what parents can do to help their kids prepare for going back to school. View slideshow.
Talk to kids about what they should expect this year
Most kids are already used to the new normal, but parents should reiterate the need to wash hands, use hand sanitizer and practice social distancing. To help prepare kids for going back to school, parents might also talk about changes they might see, such as new classroom set-ups, different scheduling and lunch in classrooms instead of a cafeteria.
Get back into a routine
During these times, getting back into the school-year routine is even more of a challenge. That’s because most kids have been off their normal schedule since last spring. This year, start the transition a bit earlier – instead of one week out, try starting three or four weeks out. Have kids start going to bed and getting up earlier. It’s also a good idea to get back to a regular eating and exercise schedule.
Buy school supplies
In addition to the usual notebooks, pens and pencils, kids will also need a supply of face coverings, hand sanitizer and wet wipes. As for face coverings, make sure you have enough for several days so you don’t have to wash them every night. But remember – just because your child is wearing a mask, it doesn’t mean he or she can go to school sick. If they’re under the weather, play it safe and keep them at home until they feel better.
Plan healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners
Many kids, like adults, packed on a few extra pounds during the pandemic due to junk food or higher calorie, higher fat food items. It’s time to get back to eating a regular, healthy diet. Before the school year begins, brainstorm a few healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas with your child. Having meals already planned will make it more likely you’ll stick with a healthy eating plan when the days get busier.
Get a physical exam and vaccines
Depending on your child’s age, he or she may need a physical exam and vaccines. Provider offices are seeing patients for routine check-ups. To keep things safer still, we are also conducting temperature checks and requiring masks for everyone entering our buildings.