I think we can all agree that the 2020-2021 school year had us with all the feels. It was a challenging year to say the least. Now we are getting ready to re-enter the classroom post Covid (ish). I think there will be some things that remain from 2020 to help keep our kiddos safe as we begin to gather in groups again and find our way back to a ‘normal’ classroom.
If you are like me, it feels like the summer has gone by in a blink of an eye. We made wonderful memories and now we are getting our head in the game to prepare for back-to-school. There will be school shopping, back to school night/meet the teachers, and lots of planning in our near future. Here are a few things to remember as we kick it into high gear for the 2021-2022 school year.
- Keep washing your hands. I think if there is one that that we need to be sure to take away from 2020 is that washing our hands is so important. Not just for Covid, but for a lot of other viruses too!
- Stay organized. Easier said than done sometimes. But having a plan is key when you get overwhelmed. You can refer to it as you need to and refocus. I use a planner in combination with my phone calendar. Find what works for you and get planning! These can be sporting events, tryouts, teacher meetings, pick up times, etc.
- Show Grace. This is going to be a busy time not only for you, but for your kids, teachers, administrators, and the school as a whole. There are going to be learning gaps that some teachers may not be prepared for, but let’s show them grace. Last year was challenging and we need to expect that there are going to be some adjustments for our kids as well as teachers for this upcoming year. If we all can give each other grace, I think we will see more encouragement and positivity in and out of the classroom.
- Be excited! This is a big deal for so many of us, especially the moms who work outside of the home. Many of us have pushed the multitasking button on high for too long. There is something to be said for the simplicity of dropping your kid(s) off, or seeing them load onto the bus, and go off to school for the day. Personally, I am excited for our kids to be back in the classroom. We will promote safe choices and even wearing a mask when appropriate. But let’s take these small wins and smile along the way. Our kids deserve it!