As students have returned to school this semester, either learning onsite at school, learning remote at home, or in some form of a hybrid model, several changes must be made. Some of these include early wakeup, a longer commute, more formal dress code, and the return of carrying books and supplies in a backpack. While some of these changes may be difficult to adjust to, the least difficult, wearing a backpack, can occasionally be the most painful. Luckily, many schools are seeing an increased trend toward online books and tablets to minimize the carrying of heavy textbooks and supplies. If your child does have to wear a backpack, here are some helpful tips for backpack fit and wear.
Starting a new school year can be stressful during the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. The COVID-19 outbreak has caused major disruptions to daily life and children are feeling these changes too, especially as we transition back to a not-so-normal school year. While the return to school will be exciting for some students (and maybe a welcome change for parents), others may be feeling anxious or frightened. Here are some tips to help you handle the back to school transition, navigate emotions your children may be experiencing, and resources for parents tackling remote learning.