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.