Okay – slow down here!
Take a moment and consider the reason that you are sending them back to school right now. Is it mandatory? Are your kids missing their friends? Is their mental health declining? Has your child staying home interfered with you working? Are they struggling to keep up with schoolwork? If you answered ‘YES’ to any of these questions, then it sounds like you have some important decisions ahead.
If you decide that it is best to keep your child home, that’s perfectly fine. You are doing what you feel is best for YOUR child. On the other hand, if you decide that there are more benefits for your child to return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic, then it’s time we talk through ways to help everyone in your household be prepared… For many families, anxiety can come up when there are a lot of unknowns and “what ifs.” We cannot change or control the unknowns, however it can be helpful for your family to focus on aspects that you CAN control.
First off – let’s make sure that you are aware of the latest COVID-19 precautions that are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click this link for Maryland specific guidelines.
Click here for a helpful checklist to determine the risk of your household with the COVID-19 virus. This can also help in determining whether you decide that your child attends school in-person or not.
Here is a list of my tips to help guide you along your way! Feel free to download the printable checklist to have on your refrigerator so the entire family can see the plan.
Covid Return to School Checklist