My child is going back to school. How do I prepare her in the morning? What should I do when she returns home?

My child is going back to school. How do I prepare her in the morning? What should I do when she returns home? My child is going back to school. How do I prepare her in the morning?  What should I do when she returns home?

1 Expert Answer

Terry Adirim, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Chair of the Department of Integrated Biomedical Science,  Florida Atlantic University

Many children will be excited about going back to school to see their friends. But some may be anxious. Parents can help their children by discussing with them what to expect in the weeks before school reopens and by emphasizing that they need to follow instructions from teachers and other adults carefully. For younger children, practice getting ready for school, wearing a mask, washing hands and sitting apart. Things may be very different from how they remember school before the pandemic – when a child knows what to expect, and that all the other kids going back to school will also be experiencing something new, there may be less anxiety.


When your child returns home during the first few days, ask how her day went. Try to talk to her about things she found to be hard or strange. Look for signs of changes in behavior. Children are resilient and most will do fine. If you are hearing things that don’t make sense or don’t sound safe, you should feel empowered to ask your school about them. You have a right to expect that your child’s school will actually carry-out the safety procedures they outline in their plans.


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