Helping children transition back into the routine of school is not going to be easy, no matter the grade level. There is plenty to worry about, and the new normal feels anything but “usual.” While the quickest reaction would be to freak out or panic, the effects can only do harm. As schools start up again, whether it is online or on campus, we must follow the procedures that have been put into place.
The thing with COVID-19 is how unprecedented, and under-researched, situations like this are. So, what is the best way to handle back to school? Students can return to school safely and adjust to face masks, social distancing, and handwashing, but only school administrations give them the tools they need. Psychology Today mentions the Three “O”s:
Optimism: Optimism isn’t just a set of understandings. A back to school routine of attendance and expectations for bedtimes, homework, and chores can have a soothing effect on children, replacing the chaos and stress of the past few months.
Open Communication: The only way to address a problem is to talk about it. Therefore, students must communicate with their friends, teachers, relatives, etc. in order to remain calm and resilient.
Opportunities: Just because the world is facing a. challenging time doesn’t mean we shouldn’t encourage students and our peers to achieve success.
With the start of a new school year, a lot needs to happen so that students can learn and thrive without raising the risk of spreading COVID-19. This is why schools have enforced regular testing, social distancing, and the wearing of a face mask. At times we may think these measures are exaggerated and extreme but, it is important to remember these rules and regulations are for the well-being, safety, and resilience of the entire community.