BACK TO SCHOOL 2021
McMaster Children’s Hospital continues to be a strong advocate for the safe return of children to the classroom.
In-person learning provides routine, daily structure, accountability, human contact and a broad range of interpersonal situations that children need to thrive. This helps young people build important life skills and coping strategies for challenging times, and supports overall development, growth, health and well-being.
Recent studies show that in most instances, COVID-19 transmission within schools is extremely low, even with the variant strains circulating.
During the transition back to school, we’ve enlisted the help of McMaster Children’s Hospital staff and doctors to share some practical information to support families. Our experts have created some informal videos for you to use as a resource. Topics include vaccinations, managing return to school anxiety, how to make friends, healthy eating habits, bullying, screen time, and more.
McMaster Children’s Hospital is open, providing both in-person and online appointments for our community during the pandemic. We are here when you need us.
We’re excited for a return to in-person learning and wish you and your youth much success in the school year ahead!
– Bruce Squires, President of McMaster Children’s Hospital
Click on a topic below to view videos from our experts.
Returning to the classroom
There’s no doubt this school year will look and feel different for many. With so much time out of the classroom, topics like vaccinations, mental health, and growth and development are at the forefront.
How to prevent infections
Wearing a mask, hand washing, and physical distancing are important safety measures to decrease the risk of contracting COVID-19. This school year is unique and we all have to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus so we can have a safe return to the classroom for all of our children.
Back to school for children with autism
Preparing your child with autism to return to school may require extra steps due to COVID-19.
Parenting during COVID-19
Parents and caregivers: you’re doing the best you can under challenging circumstances presented by COVID-19. Here are some resources to make the transition back to school easier for you and your family. Remember to take care of yourself, too.
COVID-19 vaccine for youth
To help youth and their families make informed choices about the COVID-19 vaccine available to youth, we have compiled a list of resources that may be helpful to consult prior to receiving the vaccine.
- Hamilton Public Health – COVID-19
- Hamilton Public Health – Vaccinations
- Hamilton Wentworth District School Board
- Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board
- District School Board of Niagara
- Niagara Catholic District School Board
Other Video Series
The other side of COVID: Impacts of the pandemic on children’s health