WATCH — What to put in your backpack this year

Isabel DeRoy-Olson
Story by Isabel DeRoy-Olson • CBC Kids News • Published 2020-09-03 06:00

Just a few things that are out of the ordinary

Pencil case? Check!

Lunch box? Check!

Mask? Check!

This year, you’ll be bringing a few items to school that you never thought you’d need.

Going to school during a pandemic is new for all of us, but you can be prepared.

Check out this video for some tips, or keep reading for the highlights

You’ll definitely need to bring at least two masks, whether you wear them all day or not.

In most provinces, the schools will be giving each student two masks.

You should also have hand sanitizer because you have to wash or sanitize your hands often, including before you put your mask on and after you take it off.

A backpack, lunchbox, Sharpie, hand sanitizer, water bottle, masks, disinfectant wipes, all with labels.

A sample of Isabel DeRoy’s items include her water bottle, hand sanitizer, wipes and masks. Labelling with masking tape and a permanent marker is a simple way to go. (Image credit: Gian Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

A paper bag is a good idea to store your mask in.

You should probably make sure everything is labelled so it doesn’t end up in someone else’s backpack by mistake.

And don’t overdo it — most schools don’t want you bringing any extra items from home.

Looking for more tips on back to school? Check this out:


With files from Gian Paolo Mendoza/CBC

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About the Contributor

Isabel DeRoy-Olson
Isabel DeRoy-Olson
CBC Kids News Contributor
Isabel DeRoy-Olson is 15 and lives in North Vancouver on Tsleil Waututh territory. She is a citizen of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation from the Yukon territory and Annishabe from Manitoba. Isabel is passionate about acting and dancing and loves to learn more about Indigenous identity, gender and social justice. She is excited about the opportunity to start these conversations and more with kids across Canada.

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