How to prepare your family for face-to-face classes
After two years of online classes, the day many parents and children have waited for is finally here. As COVID-19 cases continue to decline both in the Philippines and worldwide, petitions to reopen schools have gotten stronger. After much debate and research, schools have finally laid down the groundwork for schooling in the new normal.
Now that schools are starting to reopen for face-to-face classes, it's important to make the right preparations for face-to-face classes. Understandably, this may be a big change for children, especially if they never experienced going to school onsite before the pandemic. To make this transition as smooth as possible, you and your child need to follow certain steps.
Here are some tips to on how to prepare for face-to-face classes.
1. Talk to your child about what to expect when they return to face-to-face classes. This may include discussing any changes in class structure or schedules, as well as new safety procedures that will be in place.
2. Review basic school rules and expectations with your child. This is a good time to talk about things like handwashing and staying six feet apart from others.
3. Help your child pack their backpack with all the supplies they'll need for face-to-face classes. This includes things like hand sanitizer, tissues, and extra face masks.
4. Make sure your child is getting enough sleep and eating a healthy breakfast on the days they have face-to-face classes. A good night's sleep and a nutritious meal will help make their bodies stronger, which is crucial in the new normal. You can also ask your pediatrician about what vitamins or supplements your child may take in order to strengthen their immune system. After all, prevention is better than the cure!
5. Going back to school is a big change, both for you and your child. Encourage your child to stay positive and talk to you if they're feeling anxious or overwhelmed about returning to face-to-face classes. Together, you can come up with a plan to help ease their anxiety.
6. Help your child create a positive mindset. Talk about all the things they are excited to do and learn in school. Emphasize the fun they will have with their friends.
7. Talk about how to stay safe. Review the importance of good hygiene habits and staying home if they don't feel well. Remind them to let you know if any of their classmates are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 so you and your child can make the proper precautions.
8. Invest in family insurance. Just because COVID-19 cases are on the decline doesn’t mean they’re gone permanently. While it is a good sign that the world is slowly going back to normal, you need to remind your child not to let their guard down when it comes to following safety protocols. To help protect your family from sicknesses including COVD-19, it’s best to invest in a family insurance plan. This way should anything unfortunate happen to you or your child, you know that your family will be taken care of.
Preparing for face-to-face classes is important so you can help your child feel ready and confident for the change. We hope these tips have helped you adjust to the new normal.
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