Written by Erin Neumann


There are a thousand questions about how your kids can safely go back to school amidst a global pandemic. Unfortunately, no one has all the answers, Yet.

Until they do, we’ll have to work together and approach it smartly. With around 54 million children out of school in the U.S. alone, it’s going to be a huge undertaking to bring them back.

All that being said, there are things you can do to make sure your children are ready to go back to school. We’ve compiled a list of tips on how to do just that.

1. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

Schools have lots of options when it comes to handling this reopening. Each one, depending on state, district and country, will have a different way of doing it.

As a parent, you’re more than entitled to know exactly what steps your child’s school is taking. Here’s a list of helpful questions you can ask the teachers and/or school administrator:

• How does the school plan on ensuring the safety of its students?
• What measures will be taken to aid the students’ mental health?
• Will any bullying or safeguarding policies be changed?
• What can I do to support the school’s safety efforts?

2. Look for “Catch-Up” Courses

At this point, many students have fallen behind on their studies. This is no one’s fault; everyone has done their best during a very difficult time. This includes you as parents!

Now that classes will be starting up again, it’s important to make sure the kids are all on the same level. Schools have been preparing for this and are offering after-school programs, refresher courses, and supplemental assignments.

These could be at the school itself or a blended program with online education. Ask your child’s teacher to find out what level they’re at and how you can help them excel.

3. Help Your Child Get Back into “School Mode”

Remember that even though it may not seem like it, your children are coping with the stress of the pandemic differently than you. It’s very important to encourage a nurturing and supportive environment at home.

How you respond to them is crucial. Let your kids know that it’s okay to feel anxious or frustrated. It’s normal during a time like this.

You can help them by creating routines for schoolwork and for play. Try to make things like cooking or cleaning fun, and consider setting up a reward system.

The transition back into school is going to be difficult, but you’re going to get through it. If you need support for yourself, don’t hesitate to join a parent community or similar group where you can share tips and talk to other parents who are going through the same thing.

About Erin

Erin Neumann is a Professional Organizer in St. Louis. She’s the proud owner of Sacred Space Organizing and loves helping people live intentionally. She’s also a Veteran, single mom, West Point graduate, and holds her Masters in Business Administration.

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