To say it’s been a school year unlike any other would be a massive understatement. Of course, it’s been challenging for you, but it’s been equally challenging for your kids. To get them back into some semblance of a routine, you may be looking for some of the usual school activities they used to engage in— band, football practice, what have you.
To get back to normal, you first need to know what’s going on. Information is your best friend. The first and best way is to go online. Check your school’s website for updates so you can get a sense of what’s been canceled, what’s still on schedule and what’s still up in the air. Don’t just stop there, however. Check the websites of other schools in your district. Events may have been moved or rescheduled.
Your child’s teachers are another great resource. You probably already have a good idea of which teachers handles what activities. You know who the art director is, the head of the school drama department or the football coach. If you can’t find satisfactory information on the school’s website, don’t hesitate to reach out to these teachers. If anyone will know, it’s them.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of changes, so don’t just stop with the usual education suspects. Reach out to your county’s parks and rec. department as well. Maybe your school isn’t hosting band camp this year, but instead has ‘farmed’ it out to the county to administer. You won’t know unless you ask.
Finally, check with other parents. If they don’t know, maybe they can at least point you in the right direction. Even though it may feel like the world has turned upside down, there are plenty of activities going on. You may have to do a little digging to find your new normal, but it’s out there if you look.