What preparations should I make before sending my child back to school?
Going back to school this fall will require schools and families to work together even more than before.
Schools will be making changes to their policies and operations with several goals:
- Supporting learning;
- Providing important services, such as school meals, extended daycare, extracurricular activities, and social services; and
- Limiting the transmission of COVID-19.
Likewise, it will be important for families to emphasize and model healthy behaviors at home and to talk to your children about changes to expect this school year. Even if your child will attend school in-person, it is important to prepare for the possibility of virtual learning if school closes or if your child becomes exposed to COVID-19 and needs to stay home.
CDC has created a checklist (PDF) to help with back to school planning for school year 2020-2021. If your school uses a hybrid model, you may want to review both the in-person and virtual/at-home learning checklists.
Back to school resources:
See also: Caring for children