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Coronavirus - how to prepare yourself to go back to school

Countries around the world have been gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most countries responded by going into lockdown in the hopes of limiting the spread of the disease.

How to prepare yourself to go back to school

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The lockdown included the sudden and unexpected closure of schools. Some students were fortunate to be able to continue learning at home through e-learning or hybrid systems. Both students and teachers were forced to adapt very quickly to this new learning environment. As schools around the world are discussing reopening for the 2020-2021 school year, in-person learning is going to need to change to comply with the new COVID regulations. As students prepare to return to school we need to make sure that you are well prepared with what to expect and to be reassured.

Your school should have sent you a detailed plan of how the school year will look. This may involve reopening in phases, attending school on alternating days and adjusted school and class schedules. It has been proven that the most effective way to protect ourselves against the virus is to sanitise hands and high traffic areas, social distancing and wearing masks.

Schools will have contingency plans should they need to close due to a significant outbreak in the area, this could involve a return to e-learning for a while.

The most important thing is that students are prepared for what this new learning environment will look like and how they can play their part in preventing the spread of the disease.

So what can students do to prepare to return to school?

Make sure the masks you have bought are comfortable, as you will need to wear them for extended periods of time. Remember to practice social distancing at all times and wash your hands frequently. Ensure that you are eating a healthy diet and taking vitamins to boost your immune system.

Students may struggle to get back into school mode and a settling in period may be needed, start getting back into a normal school routine. Look through course information for your upcoming semester, and prepare anything you may need for the chosen subjects.

Students with comorbidities and who are showing symptoms such as a high fever etc. should be kept at home and continue with e-learning.

Students may experience a range of feelings about the return to school, these can include excitement, fear, anxiety, disappointment and anger. Do not hesitate to share these feelings in an environment where you feel heard and validated.

Encourage regular communication between the school and students to address any issues that may come up as we navigate this unprecedented time.

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