COVID-19 has made 2020 a year like no other for Linden Grove School, but whether learning from home or following safety guidelines for summer camp at school, our students are working hard to stay healthy, positive and connected. Check out these six tips parents can use to help students adjust to life in the midst of the virus.
- Wash those hands!
Parents, teachers and staff routinely work with our students on good hygiene, including handwashing. Practicing what they know helps students stay healthy and take responsibility for their own wellbeing. For tips on helping kids wash their hands effectively, visit Everything You Need to Know about Washing your Hands to Protect against Coronavirus.
- Social distancing
As public places reopen with social distancing, students and adults are finding new ways to connect socially and emotionally. Instead of a fist bump or handshake, try a wave, “air high five” or an elbow bump. Chat via video or send cards and letters to family and friends. Asperger’s/Autism Network has more ideas here.
Amid COVID-19, students’ minds have been filled with what they can’t do—play with friends, go to the pool, etc.—and with new things they have to do—wear a mask and practice social distancing. Mindfulness can help kids cope with the impact COVID-19 has on their lives. For more information, watch this video from Cincinnati Children’s Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
- Here a mask, there a mask
Many public places ask or require people to wear face masks, and the same will be true when schools reopen in the fall. But wearing masks and seeing others wearing masks is an unusual experience. Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center offers tips to help kids get used to wearing masks.
- Let’s talk about COVID-19
As the new school year approaches, schools will share options for remote and in-person learning as well as expanded health and safety plans. Click here for tips on talking to your kids about COVID-19.
- Support your child’s mental health as they return to school during COVID-19
COVID-19 has disrupted daily life for kids and adults, and children are feeling these changes deeply. While many students are excited about returning to school, others may feel anxious. Click here for help preparing students to return to school