For some the return will be welcome and exciting, but others may be feeling anxious or frightened, especially with the rise in COVID-19 cases. But every school day matters. We know the risks of children being out of school are still greater than the risks of being in school.
Here are some ways you can support your child’s return to school.
While COVID-19 is mild in most kids, vaccination is still important. It helps protect other vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, and reduces children’s risk of severe illness. In Australia, children aged five to 11 are now eligible for vaccination. Have questions? Learn more about the rollout here or make a booking today.
Be positive about returning to school
Ask your child how they are feeling about returning to school. Your child may be feeling a mix of emotions, so it is important to listen to any concerns and respond in a calm, supportive and reassuring way.
Remind children about the positives — they will be able to see their friends and teachers and continue learning new things. Ask your child what they like about school and what they are looking forward to when they return.
If they feel nervous or worried, help them understand this is a normal reaction, and that you and their teachers are there to support them.