Back to School
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ML = This service is offered in multiple languages.
Please note that the legend is only a guide. If you have any questions about a service, we encourage you to reach out to the organization directly.
Caring For Kids FREE, ML
What will you find on this link: Symptoms of COVID-19, how you can protect yourself and your child and a FAQ about COVID-19. There is also a list of great resources for families.
Carizon’s Handy Tips FREE
Check out these “Handy Tips” videos for kids to stop the spread of germs.
Kids Health FREE
Talking with children and youth about Covid-19. To be sure they get reliable information —children and youth should hear about it from their parents/caregivers. Here’s how to talk about to kids about it.
McMaster Children’s Hospital FREE
As a parent are you wondering what the risk of your child contracting Covid-19 might be? McMaster Children’s Hospital has created this video which reflects on the science supporting that “the risk to children from COVID-19 is comparable to that of the seasonal flu every year, and probably less than their annual risk from serious injury or death from the motorcycle crashes”.
Ministry of Health: COVID-19 cases in schools and child care centres FREE, ML
Learn about coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Ontario schools and child care centres, and what happens if there is an outbreak. Data is published weekdays at 10:30 a.m.
CBC News Canada FREE
Hear from the experts: 13 things to consider as children head back to school.
CMHO Back-to-School Mental Health Kit FREE
Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) has prepared a Back-to-School Mental Health Kit. This kit will empower families who are concerned about their child’s mental health and help you find further mental health supports if you need them.
How to support your child’s mental health during COVID-19 and the return to school FREE, ML
As children and youth return to school, parents may have some questions on how to support student mental health. School Mental Health Ontario has put together a webpage that answers parents questions including resources and strategies.
School Lunch Your Kids Will Munch FREE
Check out these great lunch ideas for children. This resource explains the benefits of healthy eating and how it can affect your children’s ability and willingness to learn.
Not Another Webinar FREE
These short videos and valuable resources, created by community partners in Waterloo Region, will provide quick, simple and valuable insight to help you navigate a successful transitions for children, parents and educators.
Province of Ontario’s Back to School Online Self-Screening Tool FREE
Children must be screened each day before going to school. Using this handy on-line screening tool will help decide if a child should or should not go to school.
WCDSB Plan for Re-Opening Schools FREE
A high-level introduction to all of the factors WCDSB has been considering as they plan for the return of students.
WRDSB Back-to-School Mythbusters FREE
The school year will look a lot different this year and WRDSB has collected the most popular questions families and students have sent in through social media. Here are the answers to some of the most recent questions! Hopefully this will clear any misinformation and ease back-to-school anxiety as we adjust to this new learning environment.
WRDSB Guide for Families FREE
The Waterloo Region District School Board’s plan for School Reopening: A Guide for Families
WRDSB Guide to Setting the Stage for Return to School FREE
This guide provides resources to help parents and caregivers support and communicate with their children in ways that help them feel calm and secure as they return to school.
WRDSB Mental Health Resources FREE
As children and youth return to school, it’s important to remain focused on supporting their health and well-being and for parents and caregivers to take time for self-care, and supporting their own physical and mental health. This list of resources have been put together making it easy to connect into local supports.