Right now, we are all in a state of uncertainty when it comes to the upcoming school year. COVID-19 has left us without a clear path forward. Do we keep kids at home, putting their social development at risk? Do we send them to school, and chance that they could catch - or spread - the virus? Do we use a blended schedule as a compromise? What’s best?
School districts across the country are grappling with these options. We can expect the answers to change as time goes on as we gain a fuller understanding of the virus, how it spreads, and the risks it carries. In the meantime, however, you need to prepare your children to stay safe, and teach them how to be flexible in the face of change. Here are some tips to guide you through this process:
Explaining The Pandemic
Your children need to understand why safety precautions matter to stick to them.
- Start by having a frank and open conversation about the coronavirus.
- Encourage them to share their fears and concerns, and answer their questions as well as you can.
- Emphasize that, because this is a brand-new virus, our knowledge about it is changing with time.
Teach your kids the best ways to keep themselves germ-free at and after school.
- Help your child pick a song they can sing while they wash their hands to ensure they do a thorough job.
- Give them age-appropriate chores, such as sanitizing around the house, to help them take responsibility for keeping your home germ-free.
- Ensure your kids understand proper social distancing measures.
Facilitate Home Study
If there’s a major outbreak in your area, school will almost certainly go virtual: prepare now.
- Make sure your network is equipped to handle your child’s school work as well as any work-from-home bandwidth you’ll need.
- Emphasize online safety and talk to your child about how to use the internet responsibly.
- Help your child design a virtual class and study space they can use to buckle down.
Remember, the best plan going into this year is to stay as flexible as possible. The odds are good that any given school will take multiple approaches as we collectively figure out what’s best. Going with the flow will keep stress low and help you make the most of this year.
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Jenna Sherman is a mom of three (two girls and a boy). He hopes to help other parents acquire the skills they need to raise future leaders by providing a collection of valuable, up-to-date, authoritative resources. She created parent-leaders.com as an avenue for parents who want to make sure their children grow up to be strong, independent, successful adults.
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