Updated: Sep 6, 2020
Heading back to school is always an exciting time. We get to see old friends, catch up on what we’ve been up to all summer, go back-to-school shopping, meet new teachers, and more!
This year, back to school may look a little different. Some kids are starting school earlier or later in the year. Those going to school in-person will likely wear masks and have less social interactions; others will be fully remote again; still others will take part in blended learning, a combination of the two.
Now more than ever, it’s important that all kids going back to school feel included and supported. We can all do our part to build community in the classroom and to ensure each one of our classmates knows there is someone in their corner.
If social interactions are permitted at points during remote learning, make sure everyone gets a chance to chime in--it should never be a conversation among only the bravest of the bunch. Pay attention to who gets a chance to talk and make sure everyone feels included. If there are people in your class who rarely appear online, it may be because they don’t have access to a device or the internet. Ask your teacher if you can reach out to them and to see if they need anything or want to discuss the assignment. That will help them feel less lonely and you can also share any information they may have missed during remote instruction.