Preparing your at-home learner for a return to the classroom

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Ahead of the 2021-22 school year, some students are dealing with the anxiety of returning to the classroom, and potentially catching COVID-19.

“It’s absolutely normal for kids to have some anxiety. Maybe a little stress or nervousness that relates to that,” said Dr. Mary Beth DeWitt, a psychologist at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Along with DeWitt, Dr. Joseph Allen, regional medical director at Premier Health, said if parents are concerned they should talk with their child ahead of returning to school.

“Well it’s good to ask them what do you understand? What are you worried about? What are you concerned with,” said Allen.

Jesy Anderson’s 14-year-old stepdaughter, Rhea, has received her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and has mostly been in the classroom this past school year. Anderson says the whole family has taken precautions the whole school year.

“We’ve already had discussions about the friends she has that’ve been vaccinated. She’ll have more freedoms with them,” said Anderson.

Even though Rhea will be fully vaccinated before school kicks off, she plans to continue wearing a mask.

“It’s already to the point where a lot of people are like, ‘Everyone’s vaccinated its gone.’ It’s like, ‘No not everyone’s vaccinated we still need to be taking precautions,'” said Rhea.

Even with continuing to take precautions against the virus, Rhea’s optimistic it’ll be a good school year as we continue to make progress in the fight against COVID-19.

“I’m excited to get to hang out with people and stuff like that. Not have to worry that I’m gonna get somebody sick. Not have to worry they’re gonna be upset,” said Rhea.

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