Back to School: A Guide for Parents

August 2020

Welcome Back | 2020-2021 School Year

Parents, welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic and safe summer. We are excited to work with you again this new school year.


We understand that the start to this school year is unlike any other, however we look to you as a partner in your child's education. Your support and partnership plays a vital role in the educational success of your child.


We are here to help ensure both you and your child have a smooth transition back to school during this time of remote instruction.

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Tips and Tricks for Success

Preparing for Success

The uncertainties surrounding back to school are greater than ever. However, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure your child is successful. Click on the image for more information.


  • Setting boundaries
  • Communicating with teachers
  • Getting organized
  • Settling into routines
  • Scheduling family time

Setting Priorities for the School Year

By consciously choosing a few top priorities for your child as they return to school, you can make sure that the most important times are still covered- while also giving yourself permission to simply, "let some things go." Click on the image for more information.


  • Remember the basics
  • Think of your child's needs
  • Focus on skills
  • Trust your instincts


Watch the video below for additional information on how to prepare your child for distance learning.

Distance Learning Tips and Tricks for Parents: 12 Tips

Managing Your Own Back to School Anxieties

As a parent, you have plenty of difficult decisions to make. Here are some strategies to help you keep calm, and parent on. Click the image for more information.


  • Maintain social connections
  • Take breaks
  • Ask for help
  • Be transparent about expectations


Watch the video below for additional information on ways parents can manage back to school stress.

How to manage back-to-school stress for parents, students and teachers

Creating the Perfect Learning Space

During remote instruction, it is key to have your child work in a area within your home that fosters learning. In this article, you will learn a few tips and tricks to setting up the perfect learning space that meets the specific needs of your child. Click the image for more information.


  • Organized
  • Free of distraction
  • Room to move
  • Engaging
  • Comfortable working space


Watch the video below for additional information on how to create a learning space at home.

How to Create a Student Study Space or In Home Classroom Area

Behavior Toolbox

Here are some strategies that can help with your child's behavior at home. Remember, routine and structure are the ultimate foundation for creating successful at-home learning. Watch the videos below for a few more tips.

A Mindset Shift: Transform Your 2020-2021 School Year

Feelings of anxiety and stress during remote instruction are normal. As parents, we naturally want to take those feelings away from our children and replace them with positives. The uncertainties surrounding back to school are more significant than ever however, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure your child is successful. Consider replacing talks of fear and uncertainty with talks of all the fun things your child will learn this year. Chances are, if you are excited, your child will be too!


Watch the video below to learn some ways you can foster a fun environment within your home during this period of remote instruction.

HOW TO MAKE HOMESCHOOL FUN | 2020-2021

Social, Emotional and Academic Development (SEAD) and Restorative Practices Department