Prep your home, classroom and dorm

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Many students spent the last school year learning virtually, and now, there are a lot of items on parents’ and teachers’ to-do lists to help get ready for a return to traditional learning this school year.

Included are tips to help simplify the transition, from home to classroom to dorm room.

At home

Take time to declutter. With most students returning to in-person learning, it’s easy to forget about the workspace at home. Create an area for homework and studying that’s free of distractions by throwing out unnecessary items, filing away papers in folders and buying new supplies like pens, highlighters and paper.

Meal prep for simple mornings. Early morning routines and busy commutes will become the norm again. Keep them stress-free by stocking up on a variety of breakfast and lunch options so you can prepare and pack delicious meals and nutritious snacks for the week. By having meals planned and proper ingredients on hand, kids can get to the bus on time and stay focused all morning.

In the classroom

Welcome students back. Teachers can create a fun and welcoming environment by decorating the classroom with colorful bulletin boards and personalized nametags.

Help keep students and teachers healthy. The health and safety of students and teachers should continue to be prioritized. Take proper hygiene measures by encouraging kids to wash their hands, cover their coughs and catch their sneezes. Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in lunch boxes and backpacks for convenient sanitizing.

In a dorm room

Create a home away from home. Moving away from home and adjusting to living alone can be challenging for college students, but the transition can be made a bit easier by making their dorm feel like home. Personalize the space by hanging family photos, canvases with fun colors and patterns or string lights.

Ensure proper nutrition. Getting adequate sleep and proper nutrition are necessary for fighting colds and flus while living in close quarters with others.

For many students, this school year is coming on the heels of a year and a half of virtual learning. With a few smart strategies, you can help keep students organized, happy and healthy as they make the transition.

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