Back-to-School Season is officially here, which means now is the time to cross the last items off your back-to-school To-Do list. While the 2021 school year may still be a little rough what with the COVID-19 pandemic lurking in the background, parents at least have an idea of what they can expect this year compared to the Wild West of 2020.

To help make getting back to school a little less stressful, here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind.

Make Masks Fun

Different schools have different mask policies. Approximately 56% of parents are satisfied with the public schools their kids are enrolled in compared to the 80% of parents with kids enrolled in private schools. Regardless of the type of school your child attends, they’ll still need to wear a mask some of the time while they’re in the classroom. To make wearing a mask easier and more comfortable for your kids, let them pick out their own masks and practice wearing them. Make sure they’re comfortable and fit their face properly.

Have School Tech Ready

During the pandemic, many schools had dual learning opportunities where kids would come into class and learn on some days and go home and learn virtually on other days. Unfortunately, many cybercriminals have been taking advantage of just how much we’ve been working and learning remotely. In fact, up to 87% of small businesses have experienced a security breach. Virtual learning is most likely going to continue during the 2021 school year so make sure that you have your child’s (and your own!) tech ready with antivirus installed and updated.

Re-Stock Your At-Home Craft Supplies

Not only do your kids need school supplies for when they’re in class, but they also need supplies for when they’re at home and working on school projects. Be sure that you have a designated supply bin, drawer, or basket with markers, glue, crayons, colored pencils, glitter glue, construction paper, and other fun crafty supplies. It’s a good idea to go through this drawer/bin to get rid of any supplies that might not work anymore.

Set Up a Fire Safety Plan

Speaking of school projects, one routine project for kindergarten and elementary school kids is the fire safety plan. In schools and other buildings, fire protection system inspections are usually done monthly, but how often do you inspect your home’s smoke detectors and CO2 detectors? Considering how often our kids are staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a good idea to come up with a fire safety plan for different scenarios even if your child’s school doesn’t require them to make one for homework.

Back-to-School Season can be stressful for parents and kids alike, especially in 2021. But the good news is that, with the tips above, you don’t need to stress too much about not being prepared.