August 18, 2020

Going Back to School During COVID-19


The start of school is racing toward us, and kids nationwide are itching to get back to school and be with their peers. However, with the constant threat of COVID-19, this school year will be anything but normal. Here are some things to discuss with children who may soon return to class.

  • School will be different. Discuss with your children how this school year will be different, and explain that you need their help to keep the family healthy.
  • Safe social distancing and mask-wearing are key. Emphasize the importance of safe social distancing and wearing masks while at school.
  • Schedules may change as a result of staggered classes and mealtimes. Due to COVID-19, group sizes have been limited in many places, so many schools may stagger class and mealtime schedules to accommodate students.
  • Communicate with teachers. Make sure your child is communicating with their teachers, especially if they are falling behind in class or having trouble with assignments.
  • Keep an eye out for updates. It is important for you and your children to stay up to date on COVID-19 news and any announcements your children’s school issues regarding the pandemic or possible school closings.
  • Continue monitoring your child’s health. When your child returns to campus, continue watching for symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness. Be sure to contact your nurse practitioner (NP) or other health care provider if you or your child becomes ill.