After months of lockdown, the Summer holidays are in full swing with bars and restaurants cautiously filling once more and the sound of children playing, once again filling neighbourhood streets.
Everyone has been impacted by the covid-19 pandemic, with all demographics and generational feeling the effect in some way or another.
For children, the major glaring change that has impacted their lives over these past months has without doubt been the closure of schools.
Playgrounds empty, classrooms silent and lessons all moved online, all in an attempt to control the virus and keep everyone safe during these challenging times.
However, after almost 6 month away from school, the return of term time is on the horizon.
In Scotland, children have already started coming back to the classrooms as schools reopened this week, while the rest of the UK looks set to follow suit very soon.
With extra precautions in place, it may be a different learning environment than before, yet the benefits of classroom-learning is welcomed by so many stakeholders.
For children, who make up the highest percentage of these stakeholders, there are so many things to consider before their return.
Here’s a few handy pointers to remember before stepping foot back in the classroom…
Get your equipment ready – The days of sharing stationery are, for the time being at least, gone. Pupils will need to ensure they have their own pens, pencils, rulers, rubbers, sharpeners, mathematical sets – the list goes on.
Bring the fun back into school – Social distancing and staggered play times may effect the enjoyment of school for some yet being creative will make up for all of this. Why not invest in some novelty stationery to brighten any classroom environment.
Make notes, and plenty of them – A tip for children and parents, with schools now being forced to operate in new ways, make sure you know all the do’s and don’ts before the first day back! Whether it’s new drop-off times, classroom etiquette or pupil requirement, make plenty of notes at home so you are ahead of the game from the very start.
Don’t be afraid to ask – Again, whether it is a child or a guardian unaware of the rules or legislation, communication is key. Teaching staff are there to help and will always provide the latest information you need to keep and feel safe.
Perhaps most important of all, take each day at a time. With rules and regulations changing all the time, the return of children back to school doesn’t have to be a stressful experience.
Everybody is in the same boat so just be prepared for what might come and make sure you are fully stocked up for the first day back.