Just like that, summer is coming to an end.
Across the country, school districts are starting the new school year in person amid the spread of the more transmissible delta variant. Concerned parents are living through yet another repeat of 2020, a time where entire families are even more exposed to the virus and student quarantines are now commonplace. Even though schools are working to keep children safe by mitigating the transmission of the coronavirus through the widespread use of masks, better ventilation systems, and vaccination of faculty and staff, parents are still worried about the health risks that come with in-person interaction in this new school environment.
If you're a parent and your child (or children) has either just gone back to school or will be returning in the coming few weeks, you probably would like to understand what to expect from teachers, how to keep your kids and yourself safe, and how you can best prepare your kid(s) for this school year.
Here, you’ll find a list of resources, guidance, and tools that will hopefully help you feel more prepared, put your worries at ease, and answer some of your most burning questions.
This list will be updated as new resources become available.
Opinion Pieces + Other Articles
Parents Are Not Okay – The Atlantic
Back to school in 2021: Three families share their stories – Boston Children's Answers
This School Year Is Going to Be a Mess—Again – The Atlantic
Why Parents Kept Their Kids Home From School – The Atlantic
Helpful Resources + Guidance for Parents
Back-to-School Resources for Families and Educators – Child Mind Institute
5 Questions: Elizabeth Reichert on Handling Back-to-School Anxiety in a Pandemic – Stanford Children's Health
How Families Can Detach From Quarantine Life – VeryWell Family
The Impact of Distance Learning on Kids – VeryWell Family
The Playbook for How to Be a Social Kid in the 2021-2022 School Year – VeryWell Family
CA Covid-19 School Readiness Hub – CA.gov
How Can You Ease Back-to-School Anxiety and Stress? – VeryWell Family
How to Help Your Kids Succeed in School – VeryWell Family
Safety Resources for Your Children
Written by Jessica Noyes, Communications Coordinator, WMA
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These resources are subject to change and will be updated as new information becomes available.
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