Students across the country go back to schools this month.
However, the school they go back to are not the same as before. For almost two years since the start of the pandemic, your child spent a long time away from the traditional classroom—learning at home during the pandemic.
Here are some things you can do to help prepare your child to go back to school safely:
Tip #1: Talk to your child
Some kids are excited to learn at school and see their friends again, but there are kids who are nervous because it’s been a while since they have seen them in person.
It’s important to open up a conversation with your child in a positive, encouraging way before school starts. When you sit down with your child, it’s helpful to come in calm and with a plan on how they can navigate back to school safely.
Tip #2: Remind your child about policy changes
Regularly remind your child about the changes to their school’s policies related to the pandemic. It’s also best to talk to your child’s teacher to remain updated about your child’s schedule and other needs at school.
Tip #3: Help your child prepare
Remind your child about the 3 Ws: Wear a mask, Watch your distance, and Wash your hands. Before leaving home, make sure that they carry an alcohol and an extra face mask in case the one they are using gets dirty. Labeling their belongings would also be very helpful.
Because COVID-19 is so contagious, remind your child to avoid sharing items as much as possible. Educate your child on how to stay safe at school and how to keep others safe, too.
Tip #4: Monitor your child regularly
Check in with your child often and watch out for signs of struggles—whether physically or mentally.
It’s best to check their temperature regularly and ask if they are feeling unwell or stressed. Be on the lookout for signs that your child might need any medical attention.
Tip #5: Turn to God
You cannot be around your child 24/7. Now that students are back at school, your child will be spending time away from you. Still, there is no need to worry much and feel overwhelmed.
You can always pray and seek God’s strength, protection, and comfort for you and your child.
A lot has changed this school year but with proper planning, communication, patience, and a whole lot of prayers, you and your child can thrive.
Are you worried about your child’s safety as the classes resume?
We would love to pray for you and your child. Do not hesitate to contact the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page.