This information has been reviewed and approved by Genery D. Booster, PhD (August 2020).
This year, getting ready to return to school entails more than shopping for school clothes and supplies. Schools are preparing safe learning environments during COVID-19 and contingency plans if learning is moved online and families are helping their students prepare for what could be a nontraditional year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided recommendations to schools on how to protect the health and safety of students, teachers and staff. The recommendations stress the importance of communication, virus prevention practices, plans for virus transmissions and following advice from local public health departments.
Parents can helps students by setting realistic expectations. Explain what the school has communicated about wearing masks, social distancing, temperature taking and any other precautions your school has planned.
Here are other suggestions parents can use to help their children get ready for school:
The CDC has a helpful checklist for parents to help prepare for back-to-school and monitor your child’s health, mental health and social-emotional wellbeing.
Learn more about COVID-19 and how it affects specific health conditions in these printable patient education materials.
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