Teachers definitely deserve thanks in 2020, because so many educators are helping children (and their parents) maintain normalcy during the quarantine. However, figuring out how to give teachers gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week is a bit tricky at the moment, given the restrictions in place to keep everyone safer. But educators absolutely deserve a note of appreciation, because transitioning to an all-online, remote classroom at a moment's notice has been a lot of work.
However, thanking your kid's teacher is not as easy as sending a present to their school this year, given the current quarantine situation. In addition, directly mailing a gift to the teacher also presents some potential issues. "While personally I'm not particularly nervous about receiving snail mail or going to the post office during COVID-19, I know many are," Kate Winn, teacher and parenting writer at This Mom Loves, tells Romper. Although it's unclear exactly how long coronavirus can live on mail, many people are (understandably) cautious about handling it right now, as explained in Bustle. However, teachers still crave that feedback. "We really want to hear from students and parents what they want to say or share on appreciation week with us," Brandon Foster, a parent, teacher, and blogger at Myschoolsupplylists, tells Romper. With this in mind, here are several ways you can recognize your kid's educators during Teacher Appreciation Week while still keeping up with safe social distancing practices.