5 Tips to Help Students Return to In-Person Learning

Posted by The MindScape Team on 4/2/2021

5 Tips...

With months of distance learning under our students' belts, many parents (and their children) have concerns about what it's going to feel and look like to return to in-person learning. To ease the transition, we created these five tips to help your child feel safe, connected, and prepared when they return to school:

1. Re-Establish Routines
Make sure that your teenager gets enough sleep and has enough time to get ready for school in the mornings. Our morning announcements start at 7:45 a.m., and the first class of the day begins at 7:55 a.m.

2. Rebuild Connections & Relationships
Help your teen identify teachers, counselors, or other staff members they can talk to when things get difficult. Remember, you can log into iPass, which opens new avenues of information and communication between parents, teachers, students, and counselors.

3. Remain Calm & Positive
Teenagers take their cues from you. If you need help, don't be afraid to reach out to us.

4. Identify & Validate Concerns
One of the most important things you can do is ASK your teen how they feel and what challenges they may be encountering. Let them know their feelings are valid and speak to them with kindness and compassion.

5. Focus on Coping & Problem-Solving Skills
Work together with your teen to identify what will help them get through each day. These can be simple techniques you can share with your child: carrying a calming stone in their pocket, deep breathing, and reaching out to a trusted adult.

Change is challenging for everyone. As mental health counselors, we are here to help you and your child bridge the gap as we continue to shift from distance learning to in-person learning. Together, let’s do our best to make this a positive transition.