Prepare now for the Possibility of your Child’s School Closing
Many schools are closing due to the quickly spreading COVID-19 pandemic. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and it might be time to call upon that village for help. If you work out of the home, or don’t have the ability to work from home if your child’s school does close, it’s time to prepare now.
If there is a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, the possibility of school closings is very probable. This won’t only affect public schools, but private schools and daycare facilities as well. This will all be done as an effort to slow the spread of the virus. Schools could also decide to dismiss students early if there are too many children or staff absent. This makes it important that the school know how to get into contact with you in the case of an emergency.
Be prepared to have alternate childcare plans in place. Speak with your place of employment ahead of time to possibly work from home in the event that your child’s school or day care does close for a period of time.
While this is a stressful time for everyone, try to be reassuring and supportive to your children.
Keep their routines as normal as you can. This time at home can be fun, if you make it fun. It’s more time to bond as a family!
As well as purchasing the necessities, purchase board games, books, coloring books, things that can help keep children occupied if you are confined in the home for a period of time. Yes they will have homework to do, but be sure to include time for fun and games. Reading a book together can be much more than a nightly bonding time, it can also be time to reassure them, and let them know that they’re safe.