Back-to-School Transition Tips

We are so excited to be entering this next phase of the 2020-2021 school year with you! Campus hasn’t been the same without you and we are really looking forward to having students back. While some of our students will acclimate to our updated Rams @ Home schedules and routines, many will join us back on campus after six months of being away from our building. The following are a few tips to help ease this transition back to school: 

  • Talk about it: It will help to practice your daily school routine and talk about how being back on campus will look different than it did before. There will be less screen time, homework assignments, and, of course, we will all be wearing masks. 
  • Separation from family: After spending many months at home together, your child may feel nervous (and excited) about coming back to school and being separated from family members. It is important to validate their feelings and ease your child’s worries. You are a great model of healthy coping strategies for your children.  
  • Maintain a connection: While you’re apart for the school day, send a note in their backpack or lunchbox, as well as a family photo for your student to keep with them.  
  • Drop-off: It is important to establish a good-bye ritual. You could have a routine where you might sing a song, tell each other to have a great day, give a kiss or a high-five, let your child know you love them, and you will see them after school.  

While this year is different, things such as flexibility, sleep, and support remain the same. We are here to help you and your children as we all make this transition. Please do not hesitate to reach out to either of us if you need additional support. 

Alex Newman (BYDS School Counselor) | anewman@byds.org  
Cortney Hebert (BYDS Principal of Elementary School) | chebert@byds.org 

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