Well, who knew we’d be adding “back to school in the middle of a global pandemic” to our list of things to do this year?
Here are a few things you can do to make the transition safely back to school:
- Buy two sets of supplies, one for school and one for home, so that there’s no bringing stuff from school to home and vice versa.
- Send your kids to school with already filled water bottles to avoid using school water fountains.
- Purchase several masks in cute colours or patterns. This way, there’s always a clean one available if one is being washed. There’s a better chance they will wear the masks if they like them or think they are cute.
- Attach the mask to a lanyard they can wear around their neck so that they don’t lose it when they aren’t wearing it.
- Purchase extra pencil cases with individual pockets at the dollar store. Label each pocket for clean masks, dirty masks, hand sanitizer, wipes, etc.
- Remind your kids there is no sharing of food at recess/snack/lunchtime.
- It’s a good idea to practice at home things like wearing a mask, handwashing/sanitizing and social distancing, so that they get more used to it before school.
- Talk to your kids and understand that they may have more anxiety than usual about going back to school this year.
Tips and guidelines from the Government of Canada
BC’s Back to School Plan