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Back-to-School Checklist for Parents and Families

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The start of a new school year can be a challenging time for kids and families. But with a little preparation and the right attitude, shifting from summer to school doesn’t have to be overly stressful.

To help ease the transition, we’ve compiled guidance from our experts on everything from keeping up with COVID-19 guidelines, managing the change with healthy routines, minimizing stress, supporting kids’ social development and other common challenges.

COVID-19 and school

Understandably, most of us just want the pandemic to be over. But it isn’t – yet. That’s why as school begins, it’s important to keep up with local rules and regulations that are in place to protect students and staff.

Fortunately, we're in a much different situation than we were during lockdown and even when schools were reopening. We now have layers of protection – most importantly vaccination – that help keep young learners safe.

Managing the transition to back to school

Since starting or returning to school is a big change for children and everyone in the household, it can create stress for the whole family. It’s important to lay the groundwork for a successful school year by creating healthy routines that will see you and your kids through the year.

Here are some important ways you can ease the transition.

Making friends at school

When a new year begins, some kids worry about making new friends and “fitting in." As a parent, you can support your child in developing positive social skills and finding a safe, welcoming social group.

Additional tips in time for school

Supporting your child with healthy routines and encouraging positive social skills can make for a smooth back-to-school transition. Yet some kids and teens deal with specific challenges that can make their adjustment more difficult.

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