The #stayhomestayhealthy mandate is slowing the spread of COVID-19, but it also poses challenges to our teens. To say this is a challenging time for our youth would be an understatement. They are being cut off from their friends, missing major life events such as graduation, prom, sports, and college visits, and other long-planned events are being cancelled or postponed.
As a teen, how can I get through this? As a parent or caregiver, how can I help my teen get through this?
Work together to create a new normal
Stick to a schedule -
Stick to a schedule that works with online learning.
In the mornings, do whatever you need to start the "school day,"
During the "school day,"
Make dinner a transition time -
Use dinner as a transition time between the "school day," and the evening. It's a great time to gather the whole family together to talk and share a meal.
Communicate honestly & openly -
Share information about what is happening
Sit and talk together about what is happening in a calm, factual way. Discuss the facts and correct misinformation when you hear it. Reinforce the basics, such as the importance of frequent hand washing and avoiding touching their face.
Below are some accurate, up-to-date resources regarding COVID-19:
Pacific County COVID-19 Website
Washington State Department of Healthy Website
Staying home saves lives - but it also causes stress
Talk about how social distancing is an important way to slow the spread of COVID-19, and how it not only protects them but also those most at risk. Discuss the importance of a "no cheating" rule, and stress that it is not okay to hang out with friends in person or play sports - even if other people are.
Shift away from what has been lost and identify ways to move on with plans and goals. Make a list of what you'll do once the #stayhomestayhealthy mandate has been lifted, and healthcare professionals deem it safe to resume to normal daily activities and socializing.
Stay connected -
Reach out virtually
Create a time for all your friends and family to connect! Eat a meal together. Enjoy a cup of coffee together. Watch your favorite show together. Enjoy late night talks together and talk about your day. Make a meal together (cupcakes are always good):
Mind and body health -
Local resources for teens experiencing stress, anxiety and/or depression
More information -
Each week 3,000 HOPE cards are distributed to South Bend School District students in their lunches. These highly crafted and designed cards allow students, families and businesses to take a hold of them as ongoing inspiration and HOPE.
As we navigate through this turbulent time, these cards allow our students and families to stay connected.
R2R is proud to support the distribution of the HOPE cards for South Bend Students
What is Only7Seconds?
ONLY 7 SECONDS is a positive mindset movement challenging individuals to use their abilities to intentionally fight isolation. Our hope is to spread hope this simple message that we need to CHECK IN (with the people in our lives) instead of CHECKING OUT (by staring at a screen). Stop the scroll. See the need. Send the text. It's easy and everyone can take 7 seconds out of their days to send a text.
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For more information, contact Kristin Wall; email: it email@example.com; PO Box 1180; Chelan, WA 98816
Our community is blessed to have compassionate school guidance counselors who are still offering their services to our students during these times. See a full list below and contact them with questions, concerns or to schedule an appointment. You are not alone. #whathelpsus
South Bend Jr/Sr High School Student Counseling Services
Mrs. Adrianne Lartz, South Bend School Counselor, is providing virtual counseling sessions to South Bend students. For questions or to schedule an appointment, please email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chauncey Davis Elementary School Student Counseling Services
Ms. Kayla Camenzind is the social worker for the South Bend School District, serving students preschool - 6th grade. She works with students, staff, and families to support students in becoming academically, socially and emotionally successful.
- Whole class social / emotional lessons
-Small group social skills
-Brief therapeutic interventions.
For emotional and social support at home, or for questions, please contact Ms. Camenzind at email@example.com
Raymond School District Student Counseling Services
During this period of remote learning, the Raymond School Counseling Department is offering virtual appointments. This is one way for students and families to continue to have access to school counseling services.
Counseling appointments will be Zoom video conferencing, phone and/or computer audio. To schedule an appointment please email your school counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a Raymond student and would like to check in with your school counselor complete the form here.
Naselle - Grays River Valley Student Counseling Service
Mr. Justin Laine, School Guidance Counselor, is available by request for students and parents by phone, email or text and willing to connect virtually as needed. Please email Mr. Laine at email@example.com or call/text at (360) 480-9643.
School Resources Navigators
Our School Resources Navigators provide assistance to youth such as tangible goods, food resources, mental health, referrals , internet and more. Call (360) 942-2474 ext 2141 and please leave a message.
True North ESD-113
Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced this week that public and private K-12 schools will stay closed through the end of the 2019–2020 school year. Although schools are closed from providing traditional in-person instruction, education will continue. The school districts are working to maintain connections with students and families and provide learning materials and supports over the phone, though email, through printed learning materials, and by using online platforms.
This is a big disruption for our kids! It’s totally normal for kids to have multiple and mixed emotions right now. They may miss their friends. They may be sad to miss anticipated milestones, field trips, or projects. They may worry about how this time will affect their future education. They may revel in the release from the structure of the school day or they may struggle to adjust to this new routine. And different kids will need differing types of support to best take advantage of the learning opportunities offered by their school.
Here are some tips that may help you and your child navigate this stressful time:
Remember that our kids are watching us to understand their own reactions. Take this opportunity to teach them about empathy and compassion. Remind them of a time they felt sick. What was that like? What helped them feel better? What can they do to help someone who is sick?
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