Back to School Kit

Stressed about whether to send your child back to school, and need help thinking it through? Worried your child will struggle with new routines, and want tips to make things easier? Here’s all the information you need, straight from our pediatric experts.

 

Is It Safe to Send Your Child Back to School During COVID-19? Advice From Connecticut Children’s Physician-in-Chief

Right now, we know there’s one question at the top of many parents’ minds: Is it safe to send my child back to school this fall? Physician-in-Chief Juan Salazar, MD, MPH, responds with his recommendations.

A Checklist to Help Parents Decide: Send Kids Back to School or Keep Them Home During COVID-19?

When it comes to sending your child back to school or keeping them home this fall, the question comes down to your family’s individual risks when it comes to COVID-19, benefits and comfort levels.


   

Ask a Pediatrician: Is It a Good Idea for My Child With Asthma to Go Back to School or Day Care During COVID-19?

Whether or not your child has an existing health condition like asthma, this is a decision every parent is struggling with right now. Critical care pediatrician and asthma researcher Christopher Carroll, MD, MS, answers a question on a lot of parents’ minds.

Is It Safe to Send Your Child Back to Day Care During COVID-19?

As childcare centers reopen in Connecticut, parents have a lot of questions about safety. Pediatrician Patricia Garcia, MD, MPH, who directs Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes program, helps provide those answers.


   
   
   

How to Help Kids Adjust to Masks Before School Starts: 16 Activities to Practice Mask-Wearing

With schools scheduled to reopen in fall, and masks part of the new normal, it’s time to make sure your child is comfortable wearing theirs. So we’ve put together 16 activities to sneak mask practice into summer fun.

Back to School Training: 8 Things to Practice With Your Kids Now for COVID-19 Classroom Safety

Schools will be taking lots of precautions to keep kids safe from coronavirus. You can too – starting right now. A pediatrician shares tips for what to practice during the last few weeks of summer.


   

Creating Your Child’s Ideal “Home Office” for Distance Learning

As students tackle distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic, they may find it hard to feel as though they’re in school when in fact they’re “working from home.” One way parents can help? Create a dedicated office space for your child in which they will love to learn.

10 Items to Add to Your Child’s Back-to-School Supply List for COVID-19

If your child is returning to the classroom this fall, they’ll need some new supplies. Pediatrician Patricia Garcia, MD, MPH, shares her list.


   
   
   
   

Worried About Having the Back-to-School Talk With Your Child? 8 Steps to Prepare

Getting your child ready for this school year includes big decisions – like whether they’ll be learning at home or in the classroom – and new rules due to COVID-19. Developmental pediatrician Robert D. Keder, MD, shares tips on how to talk with your child about these changes.

How to Talk to Younger Kids About Changes at School During COVID-19

If your child is returning to the classroom this fall, it’ll be even more of an adjustment than usual. Developmental pediatrician Robert D. Keder, MD, shares these steps and some general tips on how do you talk to younger kids about big changes at school.

   
   

Where to Find the Best Multicultural and Social Justice Books, Movies, Apps and More for Kids and Young Adults

You can help your child embrace diversity, equity and inclusion at any age. One way is to choose books and other entertainment featuring characters with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Talking to Your Kids About Masks

Director of the Center for Airway, Voice, and Swallowing Disorders, Nicole Murray, MD, shares tips on how to talk to children about wearing a mask in this short video.


       
       
       
   

Does Your Child Have Special Needs? 4 Things to Ask Their School Now

As the new school year rapidly approaches, families are gearing up for changes in schedules, procedures, and rules. If your child has special needs, you may want to reach out to their teaching team for extra support helping them adjust.

How to Prepare and Support Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders This School Year

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a tough time adjusting to change – so they’ll need additional guidance and support to succeed in school during COVID-19. Connecticut Children’s autism specialist Jennifer Twachtman-Bassett, MS, CCC-SLP shares tips.


       
   

10 Steps to a Better Morning! Get Your Child Into a School Routine for Both Classroom and Distance Learning

Whether your child is headed to the classroom or staying home for virtual learning, try following these tips for a great morning – right down to packing a backpack the night before.

Back to School Road Safety: Tips for Kids at Bus Stops, Drop-Offs and While Walking or Bicycling to Class

It’s back to school time, and that means school buses, crowded drop-offs and bicycling or walking along busy roads. Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States, so it’s important to talk to your child now about being safe around buses and cars.


       
   

Preventing Eye Strain During Your Child’s Screen-Based Learning in COVID-19

As we kick off a new school year during the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a good chance that screen-based instruction is part of your child’s lesson plan. All that screen-time could lead to eye strain – but luckily, some simple precautions can help.

24 Ways to Comfort Kids Without Physical Contact: Strategies for Teachers and “Pod” Parents During COVID-19

Until hugs are back on the table, developmental pediatrician Robert D. Keder, MD, shares ways to soothe and reassure kids – without physical contact.


       
   

Which Mask to Wear?

Director of the Center for Airway, Voice, and Swallowing Disorders, Nicole Murray, MD, discusses how to select a mask.

What Should I Do When My Child Has a Common Cold During COVID-19?

Infectious disease pediatrician John R. Schreiber, MD, MPH, tackles this popular topic for this back-to-school season.

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