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RESOURCES AND INFORMATION ON COVID-19
Because we care for our students, ourselves, and our community, we thought it would be useful to share some resources. During times of uncertainty, our students might be hearing things that bring about fear and worry. Please remember that our children are looking to us for reassurance and cues about how to react and respond. It is with that in mind that we hope these resources provide some helpful strategies.
Creating open and safe spaces for communication between adults and children is key. We are models for showing our ability to stay resilient, calm, and positive.
Many of the suggestions that follow are good practices in general, and might also serve to strengthen bonds in your family. Many of the suggestions below are from this article by a mental health professional in Singapore.
Our words matter, and so it is important to be aware of how COVID-19 is explained to children to avoid any person/group being blamed. Communicate that if someone has a fever or cough, or is from an affected area or region, it does not mean this person definitely has COVID-19.
This document from Unicef and WHO has some useful “Dos and Don’ts” regarding language. Use clear language that builds trust and creates empathy. For most people, this is a disease that can be overcome, so avoiding terms like “plague” and “apocalypse” is useful. Instead, talk about the practical measures we can take to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and vulnerable communities safe. For example, DO talk about people “acquiring” or “contracting” COVID-19. Don’t talk about people “transmitting COVID-19” “infecting others” or “spreading the virus” as it implies intentional transmission and assigns blame.
Here are some resources and helpful links referenced above
International School Counseling Association Resources for Parents
CDC Share the Facts, Stop Fear
How to Talk to Your Anxious Child
Avoiding Social Stigma Associated with COVID-19