Back-to-school shopping this year is complicated. Do we buy a bunch of back-to-school clothes? What other supplies beyond the standard crayons, markers, glue sticks, and backpacks do we need? At least a week’s worth of masks, quick-read thermometers, hand-sanitizer—what else? Not to mention the side of anxiety over whether to send your kids back to school, how you’re going to balance working and homeschooling, and what to do if and when your child’s school or daycare closes temporarily as a response to the virus.
Hopefully, we can all take heart from this pediatrician’s advice in a now-viral video: “The decision you make about school is the right decision.”
We know teachers and school administrators are doing their best given the circumstances. We can be as prepared as possible, but no one knows the future. As part of the preparation, we pulled together a back-to-school toolkit to help, including a few of our favorite gear essentials, like kids’ backpacks, lunch boxes, water bottles, plus a few fun pieces of flare for all. We also added items many schools are requiring for in-person instruction as well as some supplies for at-home schooling.
The Extras for COVID Safety
The At-Home School Set-Up