Resources for Parents
As we are hearing more about how to stay physically safe from Coronavirus and other illnesses, we would like to address the mental health needs that you may be seeing or feeling surrounding this topic. The constant conversations and media coverage can be distracting and overwhelming. You may notice a wide range of reactions to what is being reported, from excitement to potential changes in schedules to fear and anxiety of the unknown. Here are some common recommendations to follow:
Allow room for questions
Stick to facts
Allow time away from the topic by limiting access to news coverage/conversations
Continue to follow normal routines
Focus on what can be controlled (i.e. social distancing, hand washing)
Model self-care (eat healthy meals, sleep well, exercise and take deep breaths to handle stress)
Encourage positive activities
Let students know who, when and where they can go if they need to talk or need a break
Listen and validate feelings
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• How Do You Talk to Children About Coronavirus? Stay Honest and Simple to Avoid Anxiety.
Gene Myers NorthJersey.com, USA Today, Feb. 28, 2020
• How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus (and Ease Their Fears)
Vivian Manning-Schaffel, NBC News, Updated March 2, 2020
The CDC has extensive resources available regarding coronavirus.
You Cubed Newsletter from Stanford University
Ideas for parents using math activities.
How to Reduce Youth Pandemic Anxiety
Podcast from NY State School Board's Association.
Guide to Google Classroom for Parents
CDC Handwashing Video
How to Cope With Anxiety About Coronavirus (COVID-19) Strategies for managing stress in a pandemic
Talking to Children About COVID-19-A Parent Resource
Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreak
Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
CDC Coronavirus Comprehensive Resource