This morning, we had several children bravely say goodbye to caregivers outside of their “normal routines” as we checked temperatures and teachers walked the kids inside.
We reassured children that it is just a little bit different and it is OK to be uneasy about when things are different.
You might be doing the same thing at home when children ask why they aren’t at school.
Here are some resources on how to talk with your children about COVID-19:
KEEP IT SIMPLE!
Kids are attuned to us- the way that we handle anxious or unknown situations is modeling for them how they should feel and act.
Remember that you have the skills to bring peace to chaos for the children and for each other.
“We’re washing our hands to keep the germs away.”
“We’re checking your temperature to make sure that you are not sick. We want you to feel well enough to… (play baseball, swing on the swings, play a game etc.)”
“My job is to keep you safe. One way to stay safe is by washing our hands and spending time at home so we don’t spread germs.”
“We are going to stay home today to make sure that we are feeling well. Here’s the plan- First, we are going to ….., Then, we are going to…
(Give only 2 choices and make phrasing simple like First, Then)”
Try to keep routines consistent at home, like we do at school.
Soon, teachers will be sending information to you about their classroom flow of the day and how routines and transitions work in their classrooms.
Also, we will be in touch with you about Parent Teacher Conferences and how each class will be offering them remotely.
We will continue to be in touch throughout the coming days-
Yours in Partnership,