The Importance of Care for Cargivers
The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to cause chronic stress, which can disturb all major systems in the body & can increase risk for psychiatric disorders. Ways school leaders can create a climate of support include: providing school personnel with access to crisis responders and/or mental health professionals, supporting adults to ask for help and/or to take a break when needed, having mental health staff, crisis team members, and administrators available via regular virtual office hours, and providing opportunities for non-work related virtual social connections.
SOURCE: National Association of School Psychologists
Supporting Kids' Mental Health During COVID-19
Tips for teachers to help calm student's concerns include:
- Combat fear with facts
- Revisit lessons on fake news
- Talk about what is happening and avoid pretending it isn't
- Understand virtual learning may add to the anxiety
- Encourage virtual social connections
- Be vigilant about mental health red flags
SOURCE: We Are Teachers
Supporting You Supporting Students: Part 1
Watch part one of Supporting You Supporting Students: Tools for the Challenging Times, a 3-Part webinar series. The welcome address is given by Khieem Jackson, Deputy Superintendent of Equity and Access and opening remarks are made by Nadine Burke Harris, California Surgeon General. Topics include Telehealth Services for Students: Recent Legislative Action & Policy Update, Pupil Personnel Services Guidance for Checking-in on Students During School Closures, and Caring for the Caregivers: Cultivating a Culture of Collective Care.
SOURCE: Wellness Together