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Counseling Websites by SChool

The links below will take you to the counseling pages for our middle and high schools. 

COUNSELING & EMOTIONAL RESOURCES

During times of uncertainty, it is important to provide your child with developmentally appropriate information and activities that allow them to understand what is happening, and to help them stay calm. The follow links were created to provide some guidance for your family. You may also contact your child's school counselor whenever needed. The links to their contact information and websites are also on this page. Thank you.

Talking With Your Elementary Child About School Closures 

During times of uncertainty, it is important to provide your child with developmentally appropriate information that allows them to understand what is happening while staying calm. If you notice that you are feeling anxious or worried, that may not be the time to address your child. Take some time to address your own feelings before discussing with your child.  

You can help create a calming environment by:

  • Limiting your child’s exposure to the media (news stations, social media, radio).
  • Talking with your child in a calm and neutral voice. 
  • Acknowledging  your child’s fears and answering his/her questions without providing information that may overwhelm them. 
  • Click here for more information on talking to your child about CoronaVirus.

Managing Emotions

Cope with stress by looking for the positive. Keep your mind busy from the worries and do something fun! 

  1. Enjoy some family time (movie nights, board games, puzzles, cards, etc.)
  2. Move your body.
  3. Clear your mind (yoga, guided meditations, calming music)
  4. Draw, write, color, paint and create! 
  5. Practice kindness (write thank you notes to community helpers, make a gratitude list, give compliments, etc.) 
  6. Video chats, calls and messages with friends and family. 
  7. Read a book. 
  8. Cook or bake a fun recipe. 
  9. Have an indoor picnic. 
  10. Have an at home spa day or self care day.

This link will take you to a document that has many resources links for elementary school children: 
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL RESOURCES FOR ELEMENTARY PARENTS

Talking With Your Teen About School Closures

Middle or high school students have probably had conversations with their peers and teachers. They might have fears about what this will mean for their own health, schooling, schedule or safety.

You can provide your child support by:

  • Addressing questions they may have. It is important to keep the conversation going and discuss the situation with them if they are interested.
  • Acknowledging any worry, anxiety or fear they have and remind them that these feelings are normal. Offer comfort and honesty. 
  • Helping to guide your child’s worry into things they can control – like learning more about how to prevent the spread of the virus (washing hands, getting lots of sleep), engaging in mindfulness activities, and concentrating on making concrete plans of what their daily schedule might look like.
  • Asking your child questions and being ready to listen. Speak calmly and reassuringly. Give your child space to share their fears. 
  • Discouraging humor to discuss the topic.  Humor can be a way to help teens cope, but discourage this as the only way to talk about the virus.
  • Sticking to the facts in your conversations and talk to your teens about what they see on TV or read online. Point them towards reliable sources of information like the CDC website or VC Emergency.

This link will take you to a document that has many resource links for teens: 
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL RESOURCES FOR TEEN PARENTS

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