Fear and anxiety about the coronavirus can be an overwhelming feeling for anyone. However, as parents, there is an added layer of fear, anxiety and stress when making the difficult choice about their children’s education.

When deciding, keep in mind the following tips:

  1. Gather all the information.
    Find out what your child(ren)’s school district’s plans are. Check with the school website to see what precautions they are taking to keep your child(ren) safe if they were to go back to the classroom.
  2. Make a decision that is best for your family.
    Talk to your partner or co-parent about any concerns of virtual learning or in-class learning. Measure the pros and cons and have a contingency plan.
  3. Talk to your children.
    Be honest with your children and give them a chance to ask questions or raise any concerns that they might have.
  4. Have a checklist.
    Whatever you decide to choose for your child(ren), have a checklist on actions you will need to take and consider. The CDC has 2 great checklist: Checklist: Planning for In-Person Classes and Checklist: Planning for Virtual or At-Home Learning.

For additional information, check out the CDC’s Back to School Planning Checklist Guide and the U.S Department of Education’s Back to School Guide.