Nearly 93% of households with school aged children reported some form of distance learning during the Covid-19 pandemic (US Census Bureau, 2020). As children prepare to make the transition back to an in-person learning environment, which has a plethora of benefits including peer motivation, social interaction, and an overall better structured learning environment; The transition also may come with some mental health challenges including social anxiety, lack of social skills, and fear. In-person learning is the optimal experience for school aged children, but we must accept that although children are resilient, returning to an in-person learning environment will require a period of adapting. However, there are things we can do as parents to assist in making the transition as smooth as possible.
Practical Tips for School Year
In conclusion, preparing to return to in-person learning can be challenging, particularly amidst a new layer of concern amidst Covid-19 Pandemic. School aged children have missed at least a year of in-person learning which may have led to emotional, mental, and social concerns. As we prepare to transition back, there are ways we can navigate this experience to have an optimal result. Allowing children to acknowledge how they are feeling regarding returning after remote learning and implementing practical tips such as creating and implementing routines, having proper nutrition, and preparing for extra-curricular activities will help to make it a smooth and enjoyable transition for all.
Kiyla Holloway, LSW
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U.S. Census Bureau. (2020, August 26). Schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2020/08/schooling-during-the-covid-19-pandemic.html