Current as of April 9, 2021
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, parents and students may be facing new uncertainties. Conditions across the world differ widely and continue to change rapidly. In addition, school reopening policies vary and often include instruction and scheduling options. With so many unknowns and continued unexpected changes, making decisions as a parent can be difficult.
As you navigate a quickly changing world, it is also important to provide your child structure. Learn how to create and maintain routines for your entire family.
One resilience skill we have learned from life in the past year is to focus less on what we can’t control and more on what we can. And what can we control right now? We can continue to stay informed, practice proven safety measures and encourage our children to do the same. Evidence shows that safety measures like physical distancing, face coverings and improved hygiene such as frequent hand-washing and disinfecting commonly used surfaces reduce transmission of COVID-19.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued considerations for operating schools during COVID-19 and continues to provide updates throughout the school year.
- Department of Defense Education Activity continues to update School Operations in COVID-19 and has published Education Options for School Year 2021-22 to include virtual options for your child.
- Your installation school liaison office can provide information, answer your education questions and connect you to your local school district.
As your child wraps up the 2020-21 academic year, it’s not too late to take advantage of online educational resources. Help your kids retain a school mindset as they reinforce reading skills, learn stress-management practices, build a paper Mars helicopter or participate in youth programs online. These resources can add variety to your child’s education process:
- The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Libraryoffers an amazing variety of education and entertainment resources for all ages. Programs include BookFlix, Explora Primary, Mango Languages and many more. The Teachables program offers printable activities for children pre-K through grade 6.
- Tutor.com provides live, on-demand tutoring, test preparation and homework help in more than 100 subjects, for students in kindergarten through college.
- Thrive is a free, online parenting-education program from a Department of Defense partnership with the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State. It offers evidence-based, positive-parenting practices for children from birth to age 18. Check out its downloadable resources for stress reduction, healthy eating and physical activities.
- Sesame Street for Military Families offers a variety of resources including activities, games, videos and the Breathe, Think, Do wellness app.
- Helping Your Child Become a Reader provides tips from the U.S. Department of Education for parents of young children.
- NASA STEM has a wide variety of science, math, engineering and technology ideas for students in kindergarten through college to encourage the next generation of explorers.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America My Future currently offers 11 programs youths can participate in via the MyFuture virtual social platform. These programs support engagement and academic success and include Digital Literacy Essentials, Media Making, Computer Science, Visual Arts and more.
- Making School Fun at Home offers helpful tips from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for supporting learning at home for children of all ages.
Talk with an education consultant
COVID-19 continues to create challenges, and Military OneSource is here to help. If you would like to talk to an expert about any of your educational concerns, Military OneSource offers free and confidential one-on-one sessions with professionals knowledgeable about education resources. Consultants are available 24/7 anywhere in the world to help you stay strong while you navigate military life. Call 800-342-9647, call OCONUS or start a live chat.
Understanding of COVID-19 continues to change, so check our Coronavirus Updates for Our Military Community page. Want to find the phone number for your installation’s housing office or Military and Family Support Center? Find those and more on MilitaryINSTALLATIONS, an online information directory for military installations worldwide. For updates and information specific to your location, visit your installation’s official website. You can also follow your installation’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram platforms.
For Department of Defense updates for the military community:
- Visit Defense.gov
- Follow Military OneSource’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms
- Check Move.mil and Military OneSource moving resources for PCS-related updates.
Reach out for support
Military OneSource education consultants can help you ease back-to-school transitions and continuously changing education challenges.