Preparing Your Child for School During COVID-19 : Tips and Resources

Guest Blog Written by Jenna Sherman

Needless to say, this has been a crazy year. And after more than five months of drastic changes happening to the everyday routines of countless households, we are still in the middle of a pandemic with no end in sight.

As a busy parent, you not only have your own concerns to consider; you also have your child’s. And with an unusual school year in session, it’s important to prepare your child for what they can expect. Here are some practical tips and resources that can help you and your child navigate the upcoming school year:

Keep Your Home Clean and Tidy

A dirty and messy home won’t help anyone feel better. In such uncertain times, aim to maintain a clean and tidy living environment to keep stress levels down and comfort levels up.

  • Give every room in your home a thorough deep cleaning—from the ceiling to the floors. Talk your kids into helping clean hard floors by giving each child a Swiffer, and the one with the dirtiest pad wins a prize.
  • Benefit the environment (and your budget) by cleaning pretty much any area of your home with vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda. Children can help you make these eco-friendly concoctions.
  • Come up with a routine that helps you maintain a clutter-free home on a regular basis. Making a game out of it is a helpful way to involve your children. For example, every hour, whichever child picks up their toys more quickly gets a sticker.

Keep Your Kids Safe

It’s also critical that you take the necessary steps toward keeping your child safe and healthy during the pandemic.

  • Make sure your child understands the importance of practicing social distancing, as well as how to practice it. Young kids can better understand this concept if you tell them to imagine themselves in a bubble; if they get too close to someone, their bubble may burst.
  • Teach your child to wash their hands properly while singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice each time.
  • Have your child wear a face mask for longer periods of time each day to get them used to what they will be doing at school. If they’re having trouble adjusting, find a way to keep them distracted during the duration. Asking them to color a page in a coloring book one afternoon and then two the next increases the length of time they wear it while keeping their mind off it.
  • Be sure to regularly clean your child’s often-used items (e.g., laptop, tablet, headphones, etc.) with disinfection products.

Help Your Kids Adjust

Once you’ve established some cleanliness routines, it’s time to prepare your child for success in their upcoming school year.

  • Gradually begin transitioning your child into a solid bedtime routine that will benefit their health and academic performance. Get them on board by allowing them to have a say in what the routine will look like, perhaps by allowing them to choose a calming pre-bed activity you do as a family an hour before shuteye.
  • Make sure your child is eating a well-balanced diet, which will also contribute to their health and studies. Commit to eating well as a family by challenging each member (parents included!) to try one new healthy food each week.
  • Keep your child engaged with daily reading, math, and science activities around the home. Art is a great way to engage students who don’t enjoy core subjects. For example, building 3D shapes out of cardboard teaches math principles, and then kids can decorate them using their favorite book as inspiration.
  • Help your child learn how to navigate online learning; even if they won’t be taking online courses this fall, chances are they will in the future.

This year has been stressful enough for parents and children alike. Don’t make it worse by going into the new school year unprepared. Prioritize a clean home, and make sure your child is equipped to stay safe and healthy. Take the necessary steps to get your child comfortable with their new school year routine. Most importantly, remember that you will find a rhythm, even if it takes a little time.


Thanks to Jenna Sherman (www.parent-leaders.com) for this guest post. Any questions or suggestions can be sent to: jennasherman@parent-leaders.com

About The Author

Alexis Kingsbury

Alexis is founder of the Parentpreneur Accelerator and Making Greatness Ltd. He is a serial entrepreneur, with experience creating start-ups in a variety of areas, particularly in SaaS and EdTech. He is also a lucky husband and proud dad, and now helps other 'parentpreneurs' like him to achieve their dreams of having successful businesses, making a difference in the world, and spending time with the people they love.