Hi friends and welcome back to the blog! Today I am going to let my friend Brandy, from Wonderfully Messy Mom, talk to you about returning to school during COVID-19, including 5 important things for you to consider before sending your child back.
The times we are living in are brand new to us all – we have never lived through a pandemic. Our way of life has drastically changed, overnight, and we are all feeling the effects of it – including our children.
That’s why it’s really important to consider where are children are at, mentally and physically, prior to sending them back to school for the 2020/2021 school year.
Before we get started, I want to point your way to a few posts I think you may really like:
- How to Stay Calm & Reduce Anxiety during a Crisis
- Let’s Talk Gender Norms | Toddlers
- 5 Life-Changing Self-Care Tips
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It is called the “2020-2021 Academic Planner: A Tool For Time Management® – LETTER-SIZE (8½x11)” by Order Out of Chaos and let me tell you – this is a must-have for students in the aforementioned grades.
Order Out of Chaos sent me the Letter-Size Academic Planner for my son, Jonah (who is 13 and going into 8th grade) to use, and we both love it!
What I love most about the planner is how simple it is (simple for a reason, backed by research) – there’s not much to it – but that is where the beauty lies!
It’s simple enough to not overwhelm students when using it. It’s simple enough to keep the attention and focus of a child who struggles with ADHD or other learning disorder(s). It’s simple enough to help a child who struggles with time management and study skills (which, by the way, it has tips and tricks to help your child succeed in these two areas as well).
This planner really is the best. There are multiple colors to choose from (we chose the Navy Blue & Neon Green color – love it) so your child can really feel like it’s their own heading into the school year.
Whether you are homeschooling or sending your child back to school this fall, this planner is one you cannot go without.
If you would like to read more about my review of the planner, please head to this Instagram post to do so! I’d also like to thank Order Out of Chaos for sponsoring this post. It means so much to me and my family!
Now, let’s get to the post!
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Returning to School during COVID-19: 5 Important Things to Consider
It’s that time of year to be thinking about returning to school during COVID-19. Unfortunately, this year is not like all the other years past. We never had to worry about COVID-19 before and the impact it may have on our children when going back to school this fall.
Many families including ours have contemplated whether or not to send their kids back to school or to school from home. This is not an easy choice to make and has many variables that can shape your decision.
Here are some things to consider when deciding about returning to school during COVID-19.
1. Is Your Child Healthy Enough to Attend?
If you child has a compromised immune system then chances are likely that schooling your child from home would be the best option for your child. We are not 100% sure the long term effects of COVID-19 so extra caution and precautions should be first and foremost in the decision process.
2. Can Your Child Practice Social Distancing?
Let’s be real. Younger children cannot understand the concept of social distancing and will not be able to resist being close to their friends.
We have a child that bounces when he bounces and is an extreme social butterfly. Social distancing will be impossible for him because he just can’t. His first love language is touch – this desire to connect with others through touch is not something he can control.
If you have a child that craves touch you can be sure they will not follow the social distancing guidelines. The question is – can you handle knowing that? This is something that must be considered when returning to school during COVID-19.
3. Can Your Child Effectively Wear a Mask All Day?
Some school districts are requiring that students wear protective masks while attending. Unless school districts implement half days or rotating schedules your child may be required to wear a mask for seven hours or more a day.
Things to consider when thinking of masks and returning to school during COVID-19 are the type of mask your child will be comfortable wearing multiple hours a day and if they are breathable.
4. How Will Your Child Ultimately Be Affected by Going Back to School?
Again, this is not an easy decision to make! But think about the overall picture.
How will your child be affected by the new normal that is being set into place? Will your child roll with the punches and not be phased by the new guidelines? Or will your child start to struggle and suffer under the weight of the restrictions of not being able to socialize with their friends?
5. Ask Your Child for Their Input
What does your child have to say about going back to school? Are they excited or nervous? Are they worried about getting sick or fearful of the new changes?
Right now would be a great time to sit down and have a discussion with your child(ren) and see how they feel about the idea of going back to school.
Let your child have a choice in the decision making process about returning to school during COVID-19.
As parents, the ultimate goal is to be sure our children are happy and healthy. This goes beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Our children’s emotional and mental health are just as important as their physical health.
No matter what decision your family makes this back to school year just be sure to walk proudly in your decision and know that you can always make arrangements to change that decision at any time. Don’t get overwhelmed, but just trust the process.
Brandy is a mom of four ranging from teenagers to toddlers. She loves taking the natural approach to food, health, life, and mothering. Her passion is to increase awareness for eco-friendly living and spread her joy of life with others.
You can find Brandy on her blog at wonderfullymessymom.com!
Thank you so much for that insightful post about returning to school during COVID-19, Brandy. I certainly will be thinking about these 5 questions and tips prior to sending my children back to school.
Do you have a child who is school age? If so, have you decided whether or not you are sending them back? I would love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments below.
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