Back to School! Experts weigh in.
By Ilana Tamari
Posted: August 18, 2020
How to help kids cope with back-to-school stress amid coronavirus: experts weigh in
By Adina Bresge The Canadian Press
Posted August 14, 2020
It’s normal for kids to get back-to-school butterflies as the bell ring draws near. But on top of the familiar concerns about fitting in and getting good grades, kids need to deal with a new set of stresses this fall as they head back to class in the thick of a pandemic. From the social pressures of being sorted into class cohorts to fears about bringing the novel coronavirus back home, experts say returning to school will likely provoke some anxiety for students of all ages.“Children really love and thrive on a routine,” Martyn said. “It’s important that when school starts again, we set up routines … to help provide structure for your child and try to reduce stress.”
Stick to the programAfter months of learning at home away from their friends, school might seem like a scary place for many kids afraid of catching the virus or infecting their relatives, Miller said. However, a child’s distress can’t dictate the family plan. She said parents can try to alleviate their children’s concerns by assuring them that there’s a plan in place to keep them safe, and their participation is a crucial part of it. “There’s lots of ways we can get kids involved, and they have a bit more of a sense of control.” She suggested parents help their children get a head start over the summer by practising how to catch up with classmates from a two-metre distance, or picking out a mask that will make them the envy of all their friends.
Martyn said such preparation will also help children settle into their new COVID-19 school schedule.