We all have various requirements and ways of dealing with difficult circumstances as adults. It's the same with children. Some youngsters will have coped well with the COVID-19 pandemic's limitations and school closures. Others find it difficult to cope with all of the changes and uncertainties. Some students will return to school with some degree of stress, worry, loneliness, or sadness. Some people may have witnessed an upsurge in domestic violence.
Children's transition return to in-person classroom learning, especially after lengthy periods of school closure, requires the help of school instructors and employees. When schools reopen, in addition to continuing to apply the many skills instructors have been utilising to assure their kids' learning and emotional well-being while schools were closed, the following recommendations may be helpful:
1. Pay attention to the problems of youngsters.
Many children and adolescents' mental health and well-being were harmed by Covid-19 and school closures. It is critical for instructors to listen to kids' problems and exhibit understanding and sensitivity. Allow your kids to have a one-on-one chat with you to reconnect and discuss any problems that may have developed during the time their school was closed. Please follow the protection or child safeguarding mechanisms in place if a kid says something that concerns you.
2. Examine the children's progress.
Teachers and school officials should assess how pupils are performing before introducing new academic subject to them. Remember that youngsters may have trouble concentrating at first or want more time to get back into the learning process. Allow children to take pauses, walk about, and reconnect with their friends and peers by providing chances for them to do so.
3. Provide correct information on COVID-19 to youngsters.
Children may have varied views and questions about COVID-19 once they return to school. Children need and require accurate information. To correctly reply to children's queries regarding COVID-19, use child-friendly and age-appropriate materials available in your country/region that are based on scientific evidence.
While it's vital to recognise the scope of what's going on throughout the world, make sure to highlight all of the work and safeguards done to minimise risks in the school reopening preparations. Don't forget to teach kids about school safety procedures, such as what to do if a COVID-19 instance is discovered.
4. Ask children for ideas on ways to make the classroom more welcome, safe, and comfortable.
Children should be involved in making the classroom a welcome, safe, and pleasant environment. Respect school safety protocols and make use of available material resources when doing so.
Children can make ideas, assist decorate the classroom walls with bright and inviting slogans, and work in small groups to help each other catch up on their learning. Let them know that sticking together and being supportive of one another will help them get through this. Remember to thank children for their efforts and contributions. Teachers can help students feel safe and secure by connecting with them.
5. Be on the lookout for any indicators of kid behaviour that is interfering with their capacity to explore, play, or learn.
Keep an eye out for changes in your children's behaviour. Please follow school procedure and/or seek extra help and advice if you detect major changes in a student's behaviour that continue over time, prohibiting them from functioning or playing. If a teacher notices that a student is having difficulty, they may offer a lot of help. If you believe the kid requires specialised care, you should seek extra support and recommend them to child protection agencies, primary care physicians, or mental health experts. Continue to offer learning assistance and guidance.
6. Encourage pupils to engage by encouraging them to play and participate in sports.
Many nations have imposed severe physical distance restrictions on children, preventing them from playing and interacting with their classmates in playgrounds and other public areas. In accordance with school safety regulations, make sure that when children return to school, they have plenty of chances to mingle, play, and engage with the friends they've been missing for so long.
7. Demonstrate strong coping skills to pupils - be composed, truthful, and considerate
Teachers can provide a good example for their kids. Children will observe you and pick up on the methods you employ to deal with difficult circumstances on a regular basis.
8. Take care of yourself and understand your limitations.
Teaching may be a very demanding job, especially these days. Make care to look for your physical and emotional well-being (e.g., maintain healthy eating and sleeping habits, rest, exercise, connect with friends, family, and colleagues). If you see yourself having major emotions of discomfort, remember to get help.