Coronavirus - Talking with Children

A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend

With the return to school and ongoing media coverage regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we’d like to offer some tips and resources for talking to children about the Coronavirus.  Experts recommend…

  1. Be calm, honest, and informed.
  2. Tailor your approach based on your child - think about whether more information makes them more or less anxious.
  3. Share facts simply and calmly - kids take their cue from you.
  4. Ask your child what they know, answer their questions and address any misinformation.
  5. Validate their feelings, while reassuring them -“I understand this can be scary. The risk is still low, and we’re well prepared."
  6. Remind them of what’s in their power - washing hands thoroughly and often, coughing and sneezing into their elbow, getting plenty of sleep, etc.
  7. Model good hygiene, and try to make it fun! Think of or create a favorite song to sing while scrubbing hands for at least 20 seconds.

You can read more on talking to children about Coronavirus at childmind.org.   You can access a comic, article and 3-minute listen with factual information about the Coronavirus, Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus, on NPR.org. 

This is also an important time to pay attention to social-emotional wellness.  Many of us may have concerns and worries, and some may feel anxious or experience stress as we read and hear news regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  These feelings are normal.  Please review the resource Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks for tips regarding managing stress during this time.

If you or a loved one is having a hard time coping, consider reaching out for professional support.  Contact your school counselor or one of the many community mental health supports, such as Lamoille County Mental Health at 802-888-5026 (802-888-8888 after hours) or the Behavioral Health & Wellness Center at 802-888-8320.

Best,
Tracy

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