September 10, 2021

Parent Guide; Ensuring a Successful Return to In-Person Learning

Anthony Tilghman
Anthony Tilghman, is an 2x Award-winning photographer, Education advocate, Mentor, and Published Author with years of experience in media, photography, marketing and branding. He is the Winner of the 2020 & 2021 Dateline award for Excellence in Local Journalism.

As the country continues to recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, families and parents across the nation are ready for the resumption of in-person learning. This summer, kids are already re-interacting with their peers in preparation to return to school buildings and classrooms. Whereas most parents might be excited about this milestone during the pandemic, there are concerns about their children’s safety. To try and mitigate these concerns, especially following the previous year’s struggles, there are several crucial items to contemplate incorporating into your checklist to guarantee that your kid is ready to thrive this year and beyond.

Before anything else, if your kid is above 12 years, you should get him vaccinated. It only takes two weeks following vaccination for one’s body to develop immunity against the coronavirus. Nonetheless, suppose your kid is not eligible for vaccination. In that case, you could talk to the teachers, principal, and other staff members at your child’s school regarding the initiatives they are enforcing to guarantee safety and health. These initiatives could range anything from wearing masks to physical distancing and maintaining proper hygiene. 

Owing to the challenges brought about by COVID-19, it would also be best that you talk to your kid’s teachers and counselors about his/her needs. Your kid might need assistance with rebuilding relationships and connections, adjusting to the changes in routine, or might even be dealing with the loss of their beloved. Addressing these behavioral, academic, and mental health requirements will greatly help with smoothing the transition.

Above all, you should also concentrate on coping and problem-solving mechanisms. It would be best to work together with your child or their educator to determine what will assist them push through every day. These could be simple measures like re-establishing routines, determining safe commutes to school, talking to your kid about the challenges they might be facing, and so on. Ultimately, the goal is to try reinstating the education system whilst ensuring that there is no surge in infections consequently.

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