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Mental Health Mondays
Transitioning Back To In-Person Learning

by Jennifer Reid, MA
Early School Director/In-School Therapeutic Services Coordinator
Lucy Daniels Center

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing some thoughts about children transitioning back to in-person learning. For many children, it has been almost a year since they were in classroom, and for all children, it has been that same amount of time since school felt “normal.” We asked our teachers and clinicians what they think parents and caregivers should keep in mind as they support children in this transition.

“Similar to the transition to remote learning, the transition back to the classroom will be a significant change and adjustment for many students. I think it is important for parents to keep this in mind as they navigate this period. Providing their child with a supportive and understanding environment, allowing them to process and adjust in their own ways, and accepting that there may be bumps will help to make the transition successful and positive.” – Lucy Daniels School teacher

“Most children who are returning to in-person school have been out of school for a very long time. They will need help knowing what to expect and how things will be different when they return. Parents should be prepared with the most accurate, up-to-date information that is available so they can be in the best position to inform their children about what to expect. Students may have an idea in mind about what school will be like, but this idea may be very different than the reality. Parents should expect an adjustment period which may include reactions such as fatigue, impatience, difficulty sleeping, disappointment, frustration, or worry.” – Lucy Daniels Center clinician

Do you have a specific question about your child’s transition back to in-person school?
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Lucy Daniels School is an emotionally safe and supportive learning environment for children preschool-5th grade. Lucy Daniels School provides an alternative choice in our therapeutic school for children who struggle emotionally and academically in a mainstream school environment. At the Lucy Daniels School, each child’s education and therapeutic program is carefully tailored to his or her needs and strengths. Parents meet regularly with a parent guidance counselor. This collaborative approach helps children progress socially and academically to become successful and competent learners.
 
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