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After so long off school, it is completely natural to feel anxious about returning, especially with the new social distancing rules your school may have in place.

Here are some links, tips and advice that may help you:

Wiltshire Council information about going back to school for young people and parents:

Questions about going back to school in Wiltshire like ‘will I have to wear a face covering’ or ‘will I be wearing school uniform’ can be found on Wiltshire Councils FAQ guide. This might be helpful to read with a parent, guardian or family member so you both know what changes or differences there might be for starting school.

If you are going back to school in Wiltshire and wondering about transport, Wiltshire Council has information on wearing face coverings, cleaning and more here.

Anxiety and worries about returning to school – 

It’s completely normal to have worries about going back to school, especially at this time when things are a bit different than usual.

Quick tips:

  • Remember to focus on the good things – like seeing friends, teachers, and learning new things.
  • Write down your worries – it might help you to make sense of how you’re feeling, and if you feel comfortable, maybe you can share them with a trusted adult or friend who can help ease your worries.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions and take your time adjusting to the new way of being at school. Make sure you do something you enjoy every day to take time for yourself.

Childline has some great tips and advice for going back to school, including a mood journal you can use to track how you’re feeling each day.

The Mix has a great blog on school worries, and how to ease them. They also have a ‘Kindness Diary’ blog written by a young adult carer.

Read our info page here for more mental health helplines, webchats and websites to help you with anxiety and worry at this time.

 

Remember you are not alone. You can call us at Carer Support Wiltshire on 0800 181 4118 Mon-Thurs 9:30-4:30, Fridays 9:30-4:00.