Whether returning to a school building, online learning or a hybrid school environment, it is normal for children and adolescents to have some stress or anxiety about going back to school. This year, fears of getting sick, school safety protocols for COVID-19 or heightened tensions around racism may make the transition even more difficult.
Experts say very young children may have separation anxiety or general stress and concerns about being away from family and being in new environments with new people. For older children who have been communicating with teachers primarily through online learning or social media, face-to-face communication might feel uncomfortable at first. Experts say no matter the age of your child, the best thing you can do to help your child’s mental health as they go back to school this year is to start having conversations early and often.