Back to School Basics

Back to school season is right around the corner! As schools begin allowing students to trickle in, some opening their doors for the first time since March 2020, it feels like a whole new world out there. If you have students in your household, here are some tips to get you mentally prepared for back to school season as we continue to grapple with COVID-19 and talks of mask mandates, vaccinations, lockdowns, fourth waves and more…

1). Create a Health Checklist: Patch Magazine writes, “create a checklist to help you figure out if your child is up to date with their immunizations, they're getting enough rest and if they are mentally prepared for the school year. You'll want to get them back on a sleep schedule, organize their medical records and schedule physical and vision exams. Also, don't forget health school supplies such as hand sanitizer, tissues and a mask for your children to have in their backpacks.”

2). Don’t be Afraid to Speak Up About Mental Health: Patch Magazine writes, “children can feel just as much anxiety as adults. It's important to encourage them to share their feelings with you. Let them know it's OK to feel scared or anxious and that you are here to support them. Their mental health matters.” If you’re looking for some good resources on how to have this conversation, visit 

3). Find Time to Rest: Patch Magazine writes, “There's a lot of moving parts when getting your family ready to go back to school, but you got this!” Yes, be encouraged! And take time to celebrate. After the first day of class, order in food and watch a movie. Your students are going to be exhausted after a day of stimulus overload, particularly after being home for so long. Don’t plan anything for the first weekend, just rest and play as is needed.

Back to School Season looks a little different this year, but you’ve got this! 

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