This school year will be different and some school districts still aren’t sure how they are going to hold classes. With all the confusion, it can be hard to prepare your kids to go back, or not go back, and what you need to do to ensure a smooth transition once plans are put in motion. Here are some things you can do now to prepare your family for school, no matter what your district decides.
1. Stock up on hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes
Kids and schools are full of germs, so it is even more important this year to make sure you and your children have a stock of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes at the ready.
2. Implement a folder filing system
Some school districts are holding a combination of in-person and online school. To help keep your kids organized, create a folder filing system so they don’t forget to take materials back and forth.
3. Have a designated disinfectant spot at home
Create a designated disinfectant spot at home where children can leave backpacks, jackets, school supplies or anything else that needs to be wiped down or washed before it comes into the house. It can be a spot in the mudroom or even a sectioned off space in the garage.
4. Change clothes right away
Start a new house rule that as soon as your children come home from school, they change their clothes and wash their hands right away. This will help cut down the spread of germs from school to home.
5. Create a no-distraction zone
If your kids end up working from home either part time or full time, help them focus by creating a no-distraction zone where cell phones get turned off, siblings can’t bother them and they are allowed to focus on their schoolwork.
6. Wash masks frequently
Make sure you have enough reusable masks that each child can use a fresh one daily and wash all of them at the end of each week.
7. Emphasize good hygiene with young children
It can be hard, especially with young children, to get them to understand good hygiene practices like covering their face when they sneeze, washing their hands frequently and avoiding touching their face, but do your best to promote and encourage those good practices.
8. Help out your teachers
Teachers do a lot for their children, including spending their time and money investing in everyone’s education and health. If you are able, donate supplies like hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, extra masks and other cleaning supplies to help the teachers keep your children safe.
9. Teach your children to see the good
This school year is going to be difficult for many reasons, but it also gives you the chance to teach your children to see the good in any situation and to persevere through the tough times. Talk about their feelings and let them know it’s okay to feel sad or disappointed, but to not let those feelings ruin all the good that’s happening, too.