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Robin Pizzo, WKAR director of education, responds to frequently asked questions from parents and educators

Q: What should families do right now to prepare their children for the upcoming school year?

A: There are still unknowns when it comes to what the upcoming school year will look like, but families can support their children through the uncertainty by staying connected.

Stay connected to the school community by checking in with the principal or administration regarding return plans. Stay connected to learning opportunities throughout the community all summer long to prevent a loss of academic skills. And stay connected to all the reasons school is important to reaching dreams.

Developing and maintaining a connection can be difficult after the year we’ve experienced. Emails, surveys, and online schooling have caused a lot of fatigue. Our teachers and school staff have done a tremendous job keeping learning at the forefront of importance -- but during the summer that message often takes a vacation. Getting a head start on important school transitions and information will secure a smoother re-engagement process.

Education allows a child to dream big about their future. Adventures with the world allow children to visualize their dreams coming true. This is exactly why WKAR and PBS KIDS use the power of public media to help all kids reach their full potential and support every child discovering a world of possibilities. We value our educational partnerships and recognize the importance of staying connected to both families and schools. We hope you do too.

Happy Learning, 

Mrs. Pizzo

More at Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop

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