#WhatWeWantYouToKnow: 10 Tips to Prepare Kids for Back to Learning During a Pandemic

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Back to school looks different for families due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some tips to help your child prepare for the school year ahead.

1. Visit this page to review recommendations, visuals, videos and social stories to help talk to your child about what school may look like this year.

2. Talk to your child about social distancing at school. You may want to make arrows and spots around the house to practice social distancing rules or read this social story together.

3. Practice hand washing and mask wearing (e.g. make masks mandatory for any screen time).

4. Let your child voice their feelings (good and bad) about back to school. Listen to them intently, provide encouragement and support. If your child show signs of anxiety, check out these tips.

5. Create a dedicated and quiet learning space for your child. Investigate tutoring, if you child needs extra support.

6. Let your child pick their backpack and lunch bag at the store or online, then encourage him/her to pick healthy snacks, open containers and unzip/zip the bag and include a timed goal to make it fun!

7. Re-establish a bedtime routine. You may have to do this gradually each night leading up to the beginning of school.

8. Practice the school morning routine – set an alarm, eat breakfast, pick lunch, pack knapsack, walk to school, etc.

9. Help your child connect with school friends virtually or organize a socially distanced playdate. Try these fun activities.

10. Stay positive and keep an open mind. This school year is different and full of unknowns for kids, families and educators, but what’s for sure is that we’re all in this together.