Tips for children returning to school

  1. Get Ready – Try on uniform and school shoes. Organise and pack your bag before school begins.
  2. Be Safe – Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser during the day and before you eat. Cough or sneeze into your elbow. If you need to blow your nose, use a tissue and put it in the bin. Make sure you wash your hands or use hand sanitiser afterwards.
  3. Feelings – Just so you know, it’s ok to have different feelings when coming back school. You may feel worried, nervous, angry or happy, or any feeling in between. Talking to friends and family can be helpful. You can even talk to your teacher or school counsellor /school psychologist if you’d like to. Your school can help you get in contact with someone to talk to, just let your teacher, parent or carer know.
  4. School work – Try your best. Let your teacher, parent or carer know what you found easy or hard when working from home. They are there to help you.
  5. Be Kind – Be kind to your classmates. Invite them to play a game with you. Be patient. It’s been a while since we have all been together. If you feel a bit annoyed or angry while playing or learning, try taking some deep breaths, walk away to another area or talk about it with your teacher.
  6. Have some fun – Have fun with your class and teacher. Use your break times to spend some time outside playing with your friends.
  7. Eat – Don’t forget to eat breakfast! Pack a healthy lunchbox and drink bottle for school. This will help you feel energised during the day.
  8. Sleep – Make sure you go to bed on time! Sleep helps us concentrate, learn and enjoy the day at school. Put your devices in another room, so your sleep is not disturbed. You might notice you are more tired than usual. That’s ok, after a while you will get back into your going to school routine.
Courtesy - NSW Government