Supporting Students During the Transition
For those of us who have school-age children, we know first-hand how the pandemic has changed the way our students are returning to school amidst COVID-19. Teachers and students across the country have transitioned to socially distanced, virtual and hybrid classroom, while also supporting each other's fears and concerns.
"Adjusting to a new way of learning can create stress in both the home and school environments," said Jillian Young, LPC, ACS, Program Director, School Based Clinical Services, Acenda. "Not only are our teachers and students affected by the changes, but family dynamics and lifestyles are affected as well. The line between home and work can be blurred in situations like this."
No matter the age of the student, stress and anxiety can mount during these challenging times. Whether caused by a new way of learning, no social interactions or just the changes to the daily routine for the whole family. The situation can become even more difficult when the school procedures have changed numerous times throughout the pandemic.
Helping students as they continue on their path to learning is crucial, no matter what age the student is.
Here are 5 helpful tips to ease the transition back to school with the least amount of stress on everyone:
1. Stay calm amidst the chaos. Your child looks to you for guidance. If you remain calm and collected, chances are they will follow your lead.
2. Be there for support. Show interest in their schoolwork and let them know they can come to you with any questions or to express how they are feeling. Be open to discussing what is going on with your child.
3. Reach out to the school/guidance counselor for help. There are resources on the school level that can help you.
4. Take breaks with your child. Whether it's taking a walk, cooking together, or watching a movie, a diversion from school and work is important.
5. Pay attention to your child's behavior. Agitation, lack of focus, unwillingness to do their work, increased isolation, or aggressive behavior can be signs of anxiety and depression.
"These times are challenging, so it important that we take time to self-care as we continue to adjust to our new environments," added Young.
If you or your child are feeling overwhelmed about returning to school during the pandemic, clinicians in our Counseling & Wellness Centers are available to help.
Call our main number at 844-4-ACENDA (844-422-3632 x9500) for more information or to schedule an appointment.