Many parents and caregivers, as well as children and youth, are understandably feeling nervous, stressed, or anxious about the return to school this September during COVID-19.
Below are tips and resources to help make the transition back to school in 2021 a successful one for you and your child:
- Watch our previously recorded webinar held on Sept 14th with Dr. Angela Low on how to promote your own and your child’s emotional resilience, setting the stage for success and well-being in the new school year.
- Read tips for families shared by experts at BC Children’s Hospital in our new blog: 6 Tips for a Successful Return to In-Person School in 2021.
- If your child is highly anxious and refusing to go to or stay at school, watch our school attendance webinar series for parents for practical strategies to support both elementary and high-school aged students. (Note that these webinars were recorded in 2020, however the strategies are still relevant and helpful for families.)
- Step into new routines infused with mindful moments. Learn how to soothe back-to-school stress with Breathr, a free mindfulness app for youth created by the health professionals at BC Children’s Hospital. You can start by working some one-minute mindfulness practices into your day.
- Visit the BCCDC K-12 Schools and COVID-19 website for information about the prevention of COVID-19 in schools and student safety, including a FAQ section.
- Remember to take care of yourself during this transition time, when stress might be higher than usual for both you and your child.