Prep Tips for a Pandemic-Era Back to School Season
With only a two year old, in all honesty, Daddyandmunchkin knows nothing about the return to school, so here’s a guest post from Lydia Chan.
While back-to-school prep always seems to frazzle parents, starting up school amidst a pandemic makes things more challenging. Being prepared can go a long way toward easing frustrations, though. Consider these prep tips to help you stay safe and get ready for a smoother school year.
Be sure to address your household’s electronic needs before the first day of school, whether virtual or otherwise.
- Download parental control apps to monitor or limit kids’ screen time.
- Practice proper Zoom classroom etiquette for online courses.
- Consider investing in quality headphones for virtual classes.
Prep Kids (and Their Spaces)
From virtual classroom resources to in-person prep, your kids will need to prepare for the school year. Here’s what to think about.
- Discuss the upcoming school year with your kids in advance.
- Set up a dedicated learning space for virtual classes or homework.
- Select kid-friendly masks your kids will enjoy wearing.
- Explore online resources and maximize learning opportunities for other key life lessons to round out your child’s learning.
Combating cold and flu season isn’t the only germ-related concern this school year. So, you’ll need tougher cleaning protocols for your family’s health and peace of mind.
- Start teaching (and reinforcing) proper handwashing protocol.
- Choose disinfectant wipes that can effectively combat COVID-19.
- Clean your kids’ school items at the end of the day (if they attend in person).
Heading back to school can be both liberating and frustrating for parents. Between worries over germs and concerns on the effects of technology, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. But with these tips for navigating digital classrooms, boosting kids’ confidence, and eliminating as many germs as possible, you can enjoy a calmer back-to-school season.
About the Author
Lydia Chan understands the life of caregiving for another. After her mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and she found herself struggling to balance the responsibilities of caregiving and her own life. She is the co-creator of Alzheimer’s Caregiver, a website that aims to provide tips and resources to help caregivers.
Thanks for reading,
Daddy and Munchkin