As Hybrid students continue transitioning back to school, it is important to remember that our new version of normal looks very different than it did a year ago. For some students, their feelings of excitement at returning to the Beethoven/ Ohrenberger buildings (or attending school here for the first time) may be tempered by nervousness, worry, or discomfort. Children may feel out of practice or unprepared to be back in school after so much time at home. Below are some tips on how you can help your student cope with these changes and have a successful remainder of the school year.
- Get back on a regular sleep schedule: Many students have been on a different sleep schedule throughout the pandemic. They are likely going to bed later and getting up later in the morning. Now is the time to get back on track with an earlier bedtime. Try to follow a consistent bedtime routine and avoid electronics at night.
- Model and practice mask etiquette and hand hygiene: Teach your children how to wear their masks properly so that it covers their nose and mouth. (Be sure they remove them using the ear straps instead of the fabric for optimal hygiene!) Show them that you also wear a mask and that this is now an expected part of being out in public. Encourage hand washing often. Establish consistent house rules about hand washing, including every time before family members leave home and come into the home from outside, after going to the bathroom, and before and after eating.
- Prevent separation anxiety: After spending many long months at home, children may feel nervous about going back to school and being apart from family members. Have conversations about going back to school and try to develop tools for your child to feel connected to home, such as notes in their backpack, or a family photo they can bring to school. Let your student see that you are confident that they will be safe and well taken care of while they are in school.
- Be available to talk: Children may react to changes in the school in various ways. Be ready for some behavior changes, such as acting out in younger children and quietness in older children. Having a “talk time” before bed provides a great opportunity to listen to your child recount events and feelings from the day. This extra time provides a safe environment for children to express their feelings and you may be surprised how much you learn.
As always, the Beethoven Ohrenberger Schools are here to support you and your child as we go through this newest transition. Please feel free to reach out to Ms. St. James at the Beethoven, and Ms. Welch at the Ohrenberger with questions, concerns, or if you would like to talk about your child’s adjustment.