Ahead of the start of another school year, anxiety among students and parents is heightened. This is particularly the case in families where students are starting out in a new school. The prospect of meeting new classmates and trying to fit in is stressful enough without the added complications of trying to navigate your way around an unfamiliar building.
Some schools offer picture-based tours of their premises on their website. However, these can be cumbersome to navigate through and don’t necessarily paint an accurate image of a building’s layout.
A tour with a difference:
A vastly superior way of becoming familiar with every nook and cranny of your school is by taking a virtual tour of the premises. Many organisations, including sports clubs, medical facilities and retail outlets, are seeing the benefit of virtual tours. Following the arrival of Covid-19 and all of the restrictions that have followed, anything that limits the movement of people is being embraced.
Before making their first journey to any of the aforementioned facilities, individuals are empowered with knowledge of the layout of the building. This will eradicate confusion and ensure that they can find their way around once they arrive. For many people who are worried about getting lost and coming into close contact with more people as a result, this acts as a great reliever of stress.
Banish those needless worries:
The same principle applies to students. The mere thought of getting lost on the first day of school and being late for class is enough to fill students with dread. Parents sense that dread and, as a consequence, can end up suffering their own bouts of anxiety. By taking a virtual tour of the school, in advance of the first day, anxiety will begin to disappear and a sense of calm will take over.
More and more schools are choosing to equip their students with the capability of experiencing a virtual open day, where the halls and corridors are free to roam from the comfort of home. This is a wonderful way to reduce anxiety ahead of that all-important first day back.