Remember Easter? It felt strange to adjust the way we were used to celebrating. By now we’ve already experienced ‘coronafied’ versions of Passover, Ramadan, Pride, and summer vacation. 

Getting ourselves and our children ready for back to school will involve a few more changes, though no less excitement than in previous years.

The safety measures put in place during the last half of the 2019-2020 academic year provided invaluable insight into what is possible with virtual classrooms and e-learning. 

Suddenly, distance no longer matters, and questions about how we’re all feeling have taken on greater importance. Today, virtual get togethers and home tours are a normal part of our lives. In short, we have shown resilience. Our ability to adapt, to roll with and through interruptions, glitches, and scheduling mishaps in our homes and our places of work, will continue to serve us incredibly well.

Back to school is an important rite of passage. Let’s let these first few months of the new school year — with all its experimentation and unexpected comedy — be something special for all of us. Whether you’re a parent or not, having the right mindset and a little empathy for those who are establishing new routines is invaluable. 

#backtoschool #inthistogether #newways

about the author

Jacques van den Broek

ceo and chair of the executive board

Randstad's Global CEO, leading our mission of supporting people and organizations in realizing their true potential.