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Back to School During Covid-19: Must-Have Considerations

July 27, 2020, Author: Tamra Cater

Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion about whether parents will send their kids back to school during COVID 19. Of course, some of this depends on the school district and what they have decided to do. And despite what school districts do, understandably, some parents will homeschool their kids. In my case, it looks like my husband and I will need to work, so our daughter will go to school in person. This decision still brings questions as to if it’s the right thing to do. So how do parents make the choice that works best for their family? What concerns do parents still have? If a parent dives into homeschooling, how do they even go about doing that? I took to Facebook to ask my fellow mom bloggers for information and their concerns.

As one fellow momma put it:

“I never thought, in a million years, we would still be looking at these less than desirable options we have before us. Our district has not announced their final plans for the fall, but it is all scary. If they go back, I’m afraid my children will get sick or have a bad experience with the regulations they are considering. If they are learning virtually (which is the way things are leaning), will they fall behind? Will they be missing out on the socialization that at their age, is so important for their development? My baby is starting kindergarten this year. I am lucky to be a stay at home mom and be able to support them in whatever situation we end up in and I hope it’s enough. So, we’re going to do the best we can with what we are given. If it’s not working for us, we will make a change.”
-Kristen from Wine Not Mama
I think this gives voice to a lot of concerns we all are having. While no one can predict what will happen, we can use all the information we have to make what we think is the best choice for our family. First of all, there are questions to think about before sending your child back to school in the traditional sense.

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Questions to Consider Before Sending Your Child Back to School

According to one article, you will want to consider if your child is healthy enough. We don’t know the long-term effects of COVID-19, so consider the possibilities if your child is immuno-compromised. Another consideration is if your child can practice social distancing. When you have a young rambunctious child like we do, it may be a difficult thing for them to follow through with.

Also, consider if your child can wear a mask all day. Either way, it can be helpful to have your child practice wearing a mask to different places, so they will become accustomed to it later on. When considering masks, be sure it’s breathable and one that your child can wear comfortably throughout the day.

Most of all, consider the opinion of your child as well. How do they feel about going back to school? Would they rather homeschool?

If you have a young child and you do decide to send them back to school, here’s a great guide on questions to consider to make an informed decision on the right preschool during this pandemic: How to Choose a Preschool.

How to Prepare Your Kids to Go Back to School during COVID 19

If you decided to send your kids back to school in the traditional sense, there are things that you can do to help them prepare for it.

1. Practice wearing a mask for extended periods.

This was already mentioned, but this should help get your kids accustomed to wearing a mask.

2. Let your child pick a mask.

Your child may be more willing to wear a mask if they had a choice in which one to wear. For example, my daughter loves Frozen, so she may be more apt to wear one if she gets to pick one out with this theme. Here are some cute ideas for your kids:

3. Teach your child about germs.

According to Military with Kids, kids may better understand why teachers ask them to wash their hands so much and wear masks if they understand the science behind germs. She has some fun games that you can do to help them learn more about germs.

4. Support your child’s immune system.

Your child’s diet will play a big role in how well your child’s body functions and works including the immune system. This is probably a given, but be careful about too much sugar, artificial dyes, and junk. Also, sometimes no matter how hard we try, our kids may not get all the nutrients and minerals that they need (aka you might have a picky eater!), so consider using supplements and other vitamins.

How to Homeschool Your Child

If you have decided to homeschool your child, but you are unsure of where to start, these ideas should help. If you have no idea where to even start, this article should help: How to Start Homeschooling

She discusses the options you have in terms of how you can homeschool. For example, you can be your own independent school or work with an umbrella school. You can also go with an accredited online learning program (if you don’t want to be the one teaching). She also offers some advice on resources for where to find a homeschooling curriculum.

You can also find additional information at this post: A Quick Guide to Homeschooling

She included a website on homeschool laws by state, as well as a great list of Facebook groups for homeschooling kids. She also has other good information such as how to figure out your child’s learning preference, as well as how to figure out your homeschooling style (how you would approach homeschooling).

For some curriculum/resource ideas, check out this website: Resources for Homeschooling.

Final Thoughts on Back to School during COVID 19

It’s a lot for any parent to think about it when it comes to figuring out what to do in terms of school during this pandemic. If you send them back, are they are going to be safe? If you homeschool, are they missing anything important in terms of social development? What’s the best choice? Go with what feels right, but make the best decision you can with all the information you can gain. And even if it doesn’t work out, you may be able to change that decision later on. You got this mama.

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comments (2)

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    As a teacher, I know this is such a hard decision for parents. Please know that we are not taking this topic lightly. We are here to support you and your child in whatever way we can. We love your kiddos and we just want everyone to be safe.

    Brigit Pettit

    July 28, 2020 Reply
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      Thank you for your comment. I bet it’s super hard on teachers too!

      Tamra Cater

      July 28, 2020 Reply