We’ve Got Your Back (to School Resources)

It’s that time of year again – Back to School!

We’re here for you with tips and resources to keep your child and family safe in a COVID-19 climate.

The end of summer always brings new routines and changes, but this year back to school will look especially different for most families in the U.S.

That’s why we’ve compiled some useful resources to help make your family’s transition into the new school year a little less complicated. We have resources from respected clinicians, advocacy tips from parents, and timely advice to help ease some of the stress you may be feeling during these uncertain times.

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A Kid Again Educator of the Year!
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Nominate an educator that provides hope, happiness, and healing to your family all year long. 2020 has been a challenging year for a lot of people but very challenging for our educators. Do you have a special teacher, administrator, school nurse, bus driver or any other member within the school setting that has helped provide hope, happiness, and healing for your family this year? An educator that ensures no child is left out? An educator that provides opportunities for every child to be A Kid Again in the school setting, regardless of their health complications?

If so, nominate them for the 2020 A Kid Again Educator of the Year before October 31, 2020. All nominees will receive recognition of their nomination and the winning Educator and nominator will receive a special prize when our winner is announced later this year.

What’s on your mind for back to school?

Managing masks and social distancing at school

Mask-wearing in public is recommended (in many areas it’s a requirement!) to slow the spread of COVID-19. While we understand it’s not an option for everyone, we encourage anyone who is able to wear a mask to do so to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. For some people on the autism spectrum and for those dealing with specific health challenges, wearing a mask isn’t an option. That’s why it’s important for everyone who can follow this public health guideline to continue to do so.

Choosing online vs. in-person learning

The benefits of in-person learning include:

  • Instructor-led teaching format delivered by trained special education teachers<\li>
  • Learning in a setting that is familiar to your child
  • Additional support provided by one-to-one aids or paraprofessionals
  • Opportunities for socialization and extracurricular programs to help your child develop skills outside the classroom

The drawbacks of in-person learning include:

  • The potential for the virus to spread
  • The challenge of adapting to new routines, including health and safety requirements
  • Your child may deal with challenges recognizing familiar faces due to wearing masks
  • Disruption to learning routines if school closes again due to the pandemic
  • Should COVID 19 develop on school campus, the potential for challenges in contact tracing

The benefits of e-learning include:

  • In an ideal setup, your child will experience fewer distractions while learning
  • The opportunity for your child to develop self-paced learning skills
  • You’ll have the ability to motivate your child with rewards specific to their success
  • There’s no obligation to teach certain policies or procedures
  • Lower potential to contract COVID-19 at school due to reduced exposure

E-learning obstacles include:

  • Fewer opportunities for socialization and extracurricular activities to help your child grow outside the classroom
  • Getting your child to sufficiently engage in the remote learning experience consistently and enough to understand each lesson
  • No access to professional support services to support your child’s learning needs
How to support my child’s learning needs in e-school

Learn how to keep yourself and your child on the right track at home with e-learning.

One of the first steps to getting your child ready for e-school is making sure they are set up for success – literally! Make sure they have a quiet area with minimal distractions so they can focus on their online lessons.

Establish routines as much as possible throughout the day so your child knows what to expect from their new learning experience. Consider ways to incorporate positive reinforcement to facilitate healthy routines and happy learning experiences.

How to get ready for school

If you’re wondering how to prepare for back to school in person this year, check out our tips for getting started.

Know what your school is doing to help prevent the spread of the virus. Do what you can to help your child prepare for what in-person school will be like this year. Practice wearing masks well in advance of the first day of school. In addition, have your child practice interacting with others following the school social-distancing rules to help them adjust to what it will be like to spend time with friends this year.

Make sure you’re spending time reviewing hand-washing routines and using hand sanitizer. Consider using stories or songs to reinforce these ideas.

Lastly, it’s important that your child is fully aware of the changes that they’ll see this year at school. Talk about the differences they’ll experience and be sure to reinforce that these are positive changes to keep them safe. Make sure they understand that there will still be a school routine and schedule, it will just look different than it did last year.

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