8 suggestions in the process of adaptation to school, during the time they are at school, children may feel the fear of being infected and sick by someone else, and may not want to go to school by means of bus services or public transportation.
It can be worrying for other children to share these negative experiences with their friends, who have lost a family member or witnessed a severe illness due to the virus. Fears may be experienced as a result of non-viral or simple health problems or the likeness of symptoms to COVID-19. Children whose friends at school have the disease may be anxious when they come to school the next day. Parents trying to get the child to go to school with threats may also cause the child to stay away from school even more. News about sick people that can be seen in schools, staff or students after school starts, rumors can drive children away from school.
- While the opening of schools made many families happy, it also increased their concerns about the health of children in crowded environments and their own health. Anxieties of parents can cause children to worry as well and cause some worries, passive behaviors and even communication problems while spending time with their friends. These problems may be temporary or permanent for the child’s life. Parents’ concerns about the child’s starting school will affect the child’s feelings and thoughts. Parents should tell the children that the measures are sufficient at school, and if they have any concerns, they should definitely share these concerns with the school management.
- Parents should not forget that children may have difficulties in adapting to school even after a weekend or a short vacation, and they should help the child with supportive sentences during this transition process. No matter how much they miss school and their friends, maintaining this order after the first few exciting days of school can be challenging for children for a while.
- During the transition to face-to-face education, parents should make them feel that they are with their children and are approaching them patiently. It should be explained that there may be some restrictions and measures at the school due to the pandemic process and that it should be prepared for changes. It should be explained that he is safe with the measures taken, and it should be emphasized that the child is in control.
- Ask what’s worrying him and make him feel that you care about his concerns. Explain that these feelings are normal, remind him that you will listen whenever he wants to share his feelings. You can get through this process in a healthier way by getting support from your teacher or the guidance unit at the school.
- For children who have been at home for a long time, going from the holiday period to the face-to-face education process can be a difficult period in terms of sleep patterns. So before the first day of school, create your sleep pattern. Starting your sleep routines such as brushing teeth, putting on pajamas, going to bed 1 hour earlier than usual bedtime will prepare your child for an easy transition to sleep.
- If your child is going to have his first school experience, you should definitely prepare him by giving a speech in which you will tell him what the school is like, what friends he will have and what they will do, and how his teacher will support him. You should tell them who to reach out to in case of a problem and that you will support them even if you are not at school. If your child goes to school before the pandemic period, it would be useful to emphasize that the new order is different in your conversations with him for school preparation, and briefly explain what will be different at school during the pandemic period. Maintaining precautions at school for children can be interpreted as boring and unnecessary from time to time. You should remind them how important all precautions are for their health and that of all their friends, and that this is a responsibility that must be carefully pursued.
- The fact that parents will not return to their workplaces when children start school is in the minds of children, “There is a virus, why am I going to school while they continue to work from home?” It may cause questions such as and not wanting to go to school. Parents who will continue to work from home should definitely explain this to their children and comfort them.
- Children can more easily share their concerns with their teacher or friends. After each school day, parents can organize a pleasant conversation with their children, on condition that they evaluate the day for a short time, and ask about their feelings, if there is anything that will upset or worry them. Conversations in which each individual in the family briefly talks about their day strengthens family ties and is supportive for family communication. With such brief assessments, parents can intervene before problems grow.