With all that 2020 has brought, we anticipate that some of the children in your life may need a little extra emotional support with this year’s return to school — whether that return to school is in person, virtual, or homeschooling.

We hope you may find the following resources helpful as you navigate this first week of school.

McMaster Children’s Hospital: Back to School
A suite of informal videos on topics like general masking tips, managing school related anxiety, and physical distancing and autism.

Children’s Mental Health Ontario
Six Tips to Support Your Child’s Mental Wellness and Prepare for the Start of the School Year.

Holland Bloorview
Tipsheets and resources to support children with disabilities, their siblings and families during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Child Mind Institute
Strategies for supporting learning at home.

School Mental Health Ontario
Support for students and families on how to prepare for a return to school this fall.

TDSB: Hello, My Name is Covid
A video (illustrated by TDSB students) to help kids understand how Covid-19 is affecting this year’s return to school.

TDSB: Welcome Back to School
A short video narrated by a TDSB student with tips and strategies to help other kids have a safe, happy, and healthy return to in-person school.

NPR: Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

A Free Printable Comic from Illustrator Elise Grave

The Coronavirus Quiz