No matter what grade or age, the transition back to school after the summer can bring on a host of emotions- excitement, anticipation, trepidation, anxiety- and the start of this school year may bring unique challenges for some students. With all students studying online last year for all or part of the academic year, school routines, expectations, and interactions may not feel as familiar or as natural as before.
The following resources may be helpful as we work to support students in managing a successful return to school:
- CMHO, Children’s Mental Health Ontario suggests Six Tips to Support Your Child’s Mental Wellness and Prepare for the Start of the School Year
- “After-school restraint collapse” is a child’s natural and normal release of emotion at the end of a school day, but this year it may be more pronounced than in the past. These tips can help parents to help children manage strong emotions.
- Dr. Lisa Damour, Executive Director of Laurel School’s Center of Research on Girls, recently wrote an article for the New York Times, “How to Support Teenagers as They Head Back to School.”
These resources– and future ones– will be posted to the Parent Zone. If you have suggestions for resources to include, please contact Communications. If you have any questions on ways to best support your child's wellness throughout the year, please feel free to contact Ms. Marchand, Director of Health, Safety, and Wellness.