Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861
Offering Support during COVID-19
Over the past month, many of our daily routines have been changed and we are in the process of adjusting to a new way of doing things. While we are all navigating this current situation together, it can be difficult to know what to do next or how to support our kids. In this article, we hope to offer some ideas and things to consider as we move forward with distance learning and social distancing.
Be an Example
Kids will respond to a situation based on how they see adults around them respond. This means that we need to try and keep things honest. While the Coronavirus is significant, remind your kids that your family is healthy and that you are doing everything you can to keep them safe. Listen to their concerns and try to help them through those fears by staying positive. Remind them of the positives that have come from the current situation (like spending more time together as a family).
Create a Daily Routine
We are all used to routines in our daily lives. While schools are physically closed, learning continues during this time, and it is important that we provide stability through distance learning. This can be done by maintaining a regular schedule at home (waking up, eating, learning, connecting with friends virtually, bedtime, etc.). Try to let your kids maintain their regular school day and the things they would normally do within the guidelines of social distancing. Keeping a regular schedule provides a sense of control, predictability, and calm in a time where kids (and adults) feel like they may not have much control.
Talk to your Kids!
Don’t be afraid to talk to your kids about the Coronavirus. It is important to answer their questions truthfully, but don't offer unnecessary details. Kids do not normally talk about their concerns because they are confused or don't want to worry loved ones. Kids feel empowered if they can control some aspects of their life, which in turn, reduces fear. Some talking tips include:
- For elementary kids, provide brief, simple information that balances fact with reassurance that adults are there to help kids stay healthy and to take care of them if they do get sick. Give simple examples of the steps people make every day to stop germs and stay healthy (like hand washing).
- Middle school kids, are often more vocal in asking questions about whether they are safe and what will happen in their community. Middle schoolers will need assistance separating reality from rumor (do this with facts to help ease any fear).
- High school students, can have more in-depth discussions. Provide them with honest and accurate information about the current status of the coronavirus. Talk to them and include them in decision-making about home schedules, chores, and helping other family members in the home.
We hope these tips will help you and your family through these challenging times. It is important that we talk about what is occurring, either in person (in our own homes) or through social media.