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Transitioning Schools

Help Your Child Adjust When Switching Schools

Moving your child to a new school is never easy. Regardless of their age, the transition from one school to another can be stressful and overwhelming, especially if they are having a difficult time adjusting to their new environment. With a new school comes new teachers, new classmates, new academic pressures—all things which can make your child feel out of place. Throughout this trying period, it’s important that your child receives the necessary support from those around them so their adjustment is smoother and offers them the necessary benefits to overcome their challenges.

6 Tips for Adjusting when switching schools 1
6 Tips for Adjusting when switching schools 1

6 Tips for Adjusting to Going to a New School

Transitions of any kind have their difficulties, but they can always be overcome with the right assistance. Consider these following tips and apply them to your child’s adjustment when entering a new school.

1 - Listen to Your Child’s Concerns

During your child’s transition, they may be struggling with processing their own emotions or there may be a specific, school-related issue that’s concerning them. Whatever the cause for their distress, let them know you are open to discussing it whenever they’re ready. Doing so validates their feelings, instills trust, and minimizes any stress they might be feeling. Are they worried about making friends? Concerned about their new teachers? Regardless of the issue, talking about it will help them get things off their chest and bring them the reassurance they need.

2 - Tour the School

If your child is young, they may feel scared to go into a school that is unfamiliar to them. Touring the school together beforehand will give them more confidence to tackle their first day of school and this will be one less thing they have to worry about.

3 - Express Reasons for Moving

Being honest about the reasons your child has switched schools will get them to understand the why’s of the situation. For younger children, it might be easier for them to transition. But for older kids, especially introverted ones, they may have difficulty in finding new friends and getting comfortable with their new surroundings. They may not thank you for it at first, and they might even be angry, but they will come to understand your decision is for your family’s benefit, and it’s the best choice you could’ve made at that moment

4 - Keep Your Old Routine

If your family moved to another city and your children had to move schools, maintaining the same routine you had in your old home ensures structure and familiarity, two vital things that will help your child adjust more smoothly.

5 - Speak to Teachers

Unfortunately, sometimes children may be battling issues we as parents are unaware of. Maybe it’s a bullying problem or their grades are falling behind. Whether the issue is big or small, speaking to your child’s teachers helps you get to the root of the matter, and you are more likely to discover ways on how to solve it. Besides, your child’s teacher has most likely helped several students who have moved schools before, so they may assist you in more ways than you think!

6 - Remain Engaged

Follow up with your child during this transition period and check in with their teachers to see how things are progressing. This, coupled with continuous encouragement and reassurance, will not only allow you to know what is going on, but it will also let your child know that you’re there with them through every hurdle and accomplishment.

Attention all RCS parentS

Due to the forecast of increment weather on tomorrow, Friday, January 21, 2022, tomorrow will be a Remote Learning Day for all students, teachers, and staff. This notification is also available on local news stations WBTV-3 and WSOC-TV. Students are expected to engage in “Interactive Remote Learning” with their classroom teacher at 9:00am via Google Meets or Zoom per teacher’s instruction, as attendance will be taken and recorded

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