WITH thermometers in hand, sanitisers at the ready and social distancing being practised, we are in a “new norm” as society recovers from this Covid-19 pandemic. We understand the emotional challenge parents are facing with regard to ensuring their children are sufficiently informed,and practising caution without living in fear.
Educating children about living in the “New Norm”With all that is available in the news, it is becoming difficult to manage pandemic-related information.
We encourage parents to talk to their children using information that is both relevant and age-appropriate.
As such, put an emphasis on content that is encouraging such as the recovery of others from the virus, or resuming day-to-day activities such as sport. This will then maintain emotional positivity rather than the bleak and bland statistics we are bombarded with on a daily basis.
Reminders about social distancing practices are also important for their safety. Children have support within the school and they should not be afraid of approaching teachers or counsellors about any physical, emotional or academic difficulties they might have.
With the correct information, your child should be aware of the actions they must practise to ensure their safety and that
of others. Acting upon social distancing guidelines is just the first step, living in the new norm requires practising new hygiene habits such as regular hand-washing and wearing masks.
Communication – the key to successful and safe transitioning.
Communication is important when helping to manage the emotional strains of living in this new norm.
Establishing an open channel of communication where emotions can be shared without fear of reprimand is vital for a child’s emotional health as they start back at school. Parents should speak to
their child and allow them the space to express their concerns and even assurances.
This two-way communication will foster a sense of ownership in their own safety while at the same time, maintaining healthy psychological states within the family.
Similarly, we encourage parents to communicate with their child about academic matters, remembering that the purpose of embracing this new norm is so they can continue to grow holistically as a learner.
Taking note from our academic team, parents may reserve a time to reflect with their child, the learning that has taken place during the day, asking questions such as “what does it mean?” or “tell me more” will aid their child’s focus towards learning.
Support from the school
Our school team will continue to provide support that is up to date with the current guidelines, with the addition of counselling and academic support should your child require additional assistance during these trying times.
Parents and children should not hesitate to speak to their teachers or counsellors if any such need should arise so that we may all meet the challenge together.
n Taylor’s International School is having a virtual open day for the Puchong campus on July 9 and for the Kuala Lumpur campus on July 23. For more information, log on to www.tis.edu.my or call 03-5879 5000 (Puchong) and 03-9200 9898 (Kuala Lumpur).
Taylor’s International School
Taylor’s International School (TIS) is a member of Taylor’s Schools (TS). TIS has two campuses – one located in Kuala Lumpur and the other in Puchong. These two schools are exceptional neighbourhood international curriculum schools that offer quality yet affordable international education.
TS is the largest family of international schools in Malaysia under four distinctive brands, and has five schools located in Malaysia and one in Singapore.
TS forms part of the Taylor’s Education Group, a pioneer in private education in Malaysia with an unsurpassed track record built up over the last six decades, consisting of over 22,000 students across university, college and schools, offering a pipeline of education excellence from pre-school to postgraduate.
Emotional support: A dedicated counsellor is ready to provide support to students who may be struggling emotionally through this transitioning period.
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