District by district across Washington and Oregon, school officials are determining how learning will look this academic year. Many schools will continue remote learning for an undetermined amount of time. Others are re-opening part or full time for in-person classes, with physical distancing measures in place. And, in light of all of this, some parents are considering home school.

No matter what your situation, if you have school aged kids you’re looking at some significant changes in your routines this year. Here are a few tips:

  1. If you can look at your situation as a shared challenge, your child will too.
  2. Establish a quiet place for work and study for each child, if possible.
  3. Find a routine that works for your family and stick with it.
  4. Check in with teachers often and utilize available school resources.
  5. Vary activities and plan breaks… and SNACKS!
  6. Network with other parents where possible – Some parents have Facebook groups for the school so parents can interact.
  7. Reach out for help if you’re having trouble with any of the necessary requirements for your child’s success.

Don’t forget local resources either, like your public library, Parks & Recreation Department, and book & game stores.