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Social Story: Why Can’t I Go to School?

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Social Story: Why Can’t I Go to School?


To keep staff and students safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19, many schools around the world have closed their doors. For children, this abrupt disruption to routine can feel confusing and scary. This social story answers the question, “Why Can’t I Go to School?” in simple and reassuring terms.

Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor Abbi Kruse created this resource to answer, “Why Can’t I Go to School?” for students at The Playing Field in Madison, Wisconsin. The story was then translated into multiple languages by students and staff in the University of Wisconsin System. This social story is available in Burmese, Chinese, Danish, English, German, HMONG, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Punjabi, Serbian / Croatian / Bosnian, Sinhala, Spanish, Swahili, Teluga, Turkish and Urdu.


  • Ages 2 and up

Helps with

  • Addressing uncertainty and soothing anxiety


  • Helping children understand why they can’t go to school through reassuring language and age-appropriate information


  • Printable instructions and social story in five languages


  • Printed Why Can’t I Go to School? Social Story
  • Stapler OR hole punch and string (optional)
  • Photos of your child at school (optional)

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