Getting It Right With The Back-To-School Preparation


As students are getting back to school, you probably have a busy schedule to allocate time for school preparation. To make things easier, do not put many expectations on yourself. Depending on your availability, you can prepare one month, two weeks, or even one week before school resumes. So, carefully go through this guide for the necessary information you may need to get prepared.

Getting Started

The first step you want to take is to go through the list of items you already have. Get a list from the teacher or school, and confirm if there is anything you should add to your list. However, do not be struck to in-person learning and prepare your child for the virtual environment. If your child learns in a virtual environment, it does not nullify your morning and night routines. 

This will ensure you are more productive and not leave activities to chance. It may involve preparing breakfast early then preparing your child to pack notes and jot down class lessons. 

Communication should be vital between you and your child’s school. Make sure your child’s schedule fits into the school activities. Do not let everything about your child center around education – it’s also important to give your child exposure to different extracurricular activities. 

Go through the Student Attendance Guidance to determine how to communicate your child’s absence to the teachers at school. This will help you identify any problem or issue you need to tackle at home.

Compiling the Back-to-School Lists

Compiling your back-to-school list can be challenging when you do not have appropriate knowledge on what to do. If you have more than one child, understand that the needs will vary from one another. For instance, a kindergarten will need a cartoon character backpack, while your college child will need a monotone design. If you are not sure about what you get, you can ask your child what they like best. 

Also, different schools have their specific or customized needs, but there are essential back-to-school items that are non-negotiable, especially for stationeries. 

If your child is a college student, check out the right appliances that the school permits in a dorm room. Dorm rooms are usually filled with students from different backgrounds and beliefs; hence the school wants to ensure a common entity among roommates. 

There are also safety guidelines in place when it comes to what you can bring into the dorm rooms. However, students who stay off-campus have more options and flexibility to bring in whatever is necessary. Check out your child’s room for the needed appliances to imitate the room back at home. A comfortable environment will also contribute to a fast-learning process for your child.

Getting Rid of Health Infections

Whooping cough is a rapid infection among social gatherings today. The disease is characterized by feverish symptoms, putting parents and children into unpleasant situations. It may lead to spending several days or months at the hospital while releasing a thick throat mucus anytime the patient coughs out. In severe cases, whooping cough may lead to pneumonia or even death. 

The bacteria travel fast from one individual to another. School is at risk of infections because the students have many activities where they gather together, including during lunch hour. Hence, you want to treat your child of whooping cough before school resumes. 

Other Things You Should Bear in Mind

Consider every aspect of your child’s convenience while going back to school. It is not enough to buy school materials and use preventive measures against diseases. 

Meanwhile, your parenting duty should not be limited to home assignments. Check your child and find out if they have the proper treatment at school. Is your child making friends or being bullied at school? There is a high rate of bullying incidents in school, and it could degrade the victim’s confidence level. 

Since your child needs to maintain the COVId-19 safety protocols, confirm how physical activities can be achieved as the students distance themselves. 

Also, encourage your child to discuss any difficulties that may be going on with you, especially when you sense the teacher may be hiding some facts from you. It is also a more straightforward approach to equip the child with back-to-school coping skills. This will ease the workload or your responsibility as a parent or caregiver. The coping strategy that you can implement include the following:

  • Role-play
  • Positive communications
  • Calm breathing
  • Cognitive coping cards
  • Distraction mechanism