Going Back to School in a Pandemic: Tip 1

Developed by HRI Program Coordinator, Camila Dos Santos, M.Ed.

Regardless of how students will return to school this year, it is safe to say that the school year will look different for all of us.   The uncertainty around the logistics of learning in a pandemic can cause added stress for the entire family.  This series will focus on providing tips for families to return to school in a happy, healthy, and safe way. 

Our first tip is to intentionally reflect as a family about returning to school – discussing what family members are fearful and anxious about, as well as what excites them.   These conversations can help family members work through the complex emotions and worries that can stem from going back to school in an unprecedented time.  

Asking questions to reflect on how your student feels can help you understand and anticipate where you may need to provide added support. Encourage your student to share openly and be honest with them yourself! Sharing your perspectives as a parent will help your student understand that they’re not alone and will encourage working together as a family when it’s time to return to school. 

Talking openly and consistently as a family will help keep everyone on the same page, minimizing stress for everyone once the school year starts up again.