The New Back to School? Planning 2020-2021 School Routine with COVID-19

The New Back to School? Planning 2020-2021 School Routine with COVID-19 1

As a parent, I probably never expected to find myself trying to decide if it’s best to send my children back to school. There really is no easy answer for planning the 2020-2021 school routine and everyone’s circumstances vary. This year, I know I am not the only one feeling torn in what might be the new back to school prep and routines.

The New Back to School? Planning 2020-2021 School Routine with COVID-19 2

In Iowa, schools began closing in March. Our Spring Break turned into the end of school. My cousin’s daughter faced a delayed graduation and none of the typical Senior activities. Unfortunately, in Iowa the COVID-19 cases are still on the rise, with individuals finding testing hard to gain access to; despite what media says. (I have known several that needed tested, several with presumed positive due to family, and friends that were hospitalized) There’s just too much unknown and a “Return to Learn” plan from our Governor that has very little support from those directly impacted; students, teachers, and doctors. With Ames being a neighboring district appealing to go online to begin 2020-2021, it’s a bit unsettling not knowing more of what plans are.

After comparing CDC recommendations for returning to school and comparing to how Iowa plans to deal, I made the hard decision that we will most likely start our school year from home. I waited before registering but with unanswered questions from our school and new guidelines implemented by our Governor, I couldn’t risk our family or if we were to somehow be asymptomatic and pass it to another family that might be even higher risk than our own.

I have lost track of the amount of face masks I have been asked to make and plan to continue doing so to help in any way that I can.

Making a 2020-2021 School Routine

I am hoping that by second semester, things will be more secure and safe for kids to return. I know that I am nothing in comparison to the teachers they have had. I have begun compiling a Pinterest Board for 2020-2021 Back to School Planning with homeschool planning ideas and more.

For those returning to in class learning, I hope to add more resources and ideas. CNN created a 2020 back to school list for protecting against COVID-19.

What are your Back to School plans? Are you returning to the classroom? Remote learning? Feel free to leave a comment with any planning you’ve found for making this school time easier!

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