Kids across the country have been going back to school, signaling something of a return to normalcy. After more than a year of living in fear and confusion, this is a big step – not only for kids but for their parents and teachers as well. The Conversation wanted to offer useful, evidence-based information from experts about how to make the transition, from helping kids overcome anxiety about going back to school to arming parents with safety information, as well as the latest on kids and vaccination. See our series of stories on going back to school during the pandemic below.

Lynne Anderson

Senior Health + Medicine Editor

Whether just comfortable at home or nervous about leaving, kids may need extra support to get back out there. Imgorthand/E+ via Getty Images

Here’s how to help your kids break out of their pandemic bubble and transition back to being with others

Dominique A. Phillips, University of Miami; Jill Ehrenreich-May, University of Miami

After more than a year of isolation and empty schedules, some kids might be apprehensive or anxious about interacting with the outside world. Psychology experts provide tips to ease the transition.

In-person learning can start as long as schools operate safely, says the CDC. Jon Cherry/Getty Images

How can all schools safely reopen?

Brandon Guthrie, University of Washington

In-person learning can safely resume as long as schools take steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

High school water polo player Cami Rowan gets to work out in the home pool in Corona, Calif. on Feb. 18, 2021. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty images

Why student athletes need a new playbook to stay safe in the COVID-19 era

Tamara Hew-Butler, Wayne State University

Kids want to play sports again, and who can blame them? An exercise scientist and physiologist explains why adhering to safety protocols is imperative.