How should parents approach returning to school with their kids? KSN News talks with professionals

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – While Kansas school districts work out details of what classes will look like in the fall, it’s up to parents to make sure their kids know about the changes.

KSN News talked with local professionals on how parents should approach the return to school with their children.

Professionals say it’s best to let your kids ask the questions first. Meaning, give them time to realize school will be different. They say it’s best for students to be able and cope with what’s going to change and let out that sadness, frustration, and possibly anger they may have. But shortly after coming up with solutions, things like small road trips and celebrations could go a long way.

“Giving them opportunities to look forward to something, what did you look forward to? Were you looking forward to a senior trip? Well, maybe we could come up with something like that. Could we come up with things we can be in control of? We are not in control of the virus. We are not in control of what schools do or what events are allowed, but there are some things we can be in control of. Can we plan some things as a family or individually where these are the things that we are going to accomplish this year and ways we are going to celebrate,” said Chris Gilmore, Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas prevention facilitator.

They also recommended talking to your children about this weeks before school starts to limit the number of surprises.

KSN News also spoke with a mother who says she’s already started the sanitation conversation with her children to minimize the change they will see when returning to school.

“This should happen whether or not these kids know they can get sick because it’s going to help with other illnesses as well and that will help these children you know with attendance and everything else you could possibly think of when it comes to your health. It’s definitely important to make sure these kids are onboard instead of just forcing it and that is one big thing,” said Heather Patrick, mother of two.

Patrick also says parents should think about homeschooling their kids if they do not feel comfortable with the school changes.

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