COVID-19 & SEL SUPPORT
FOR CAROLINE COUNTY STUDENTS
While much uncertainty surrounds us in our current health pandemic, we know that social and emotional learning (SEL) will be critical to re-engaging students, supporting adults, rebuilding relationships, and creating a foundation for academic learning.
This unprecedented shift to a new type of learning experience may have a lasting and profound impact on young people’s academic, social, emotional, and life outcomes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored SEL as an essential part of high-quality education—highlighting our relationships, resiliency, and collective problem-solving as fundamental to teaching and learning.
COVID-19 can look different in different people. People can get a fever, cough, or have a hard time taking deep breaths. Most people who have gotten COVID-19 have not gotten very sick. Only a small group of people who get it have had more serious problems. Watch your child for any signs of illness.
Encourage your child to stay connected during COVID-19. Social interaction is important to mental and emotional health. Reach out to friends and family via phone or video chats. Write cards or letters to family members they may not be able to visit. Stay engaged and promote safe, healthy socialization.
Parents and caretakers play an important role in preventing the spread on COVID-19. Teach children to wash their hands and wear facial masks. Explain that doing these things can keep them healthy and stop the virus from spreading to others. Be a good role model and they are more likely to do the same.
Promote activities and behaviors that address emotional, mental and physical well-being. Self-care is crucial during COVID-19. Healthy eating, fitness and relaxation reduce stress and anxiety. Practice mindfulness to decompress and manage feelings. Get plenty of rest and make time for family fun.
Help your child stay active and incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Encourage your child to play outdoors. Take a walk with your child or go on a bike ride. Use indoor activity, stretch and dance breaks throughout the day to help your child stay healthy and focused. Exercise is great for physical and mental health.
Watch out for behavior changes and signs of distress. Talk with your child about the COVID-19 and their feelings. Share information and answer questions. Reassure your child that they are safe and that you are available to help. Spend time with your child and focus on meaningful moments and activities.
STUDENT & PARENT RESOURCES
CCPS is dedicated to ensuring the social and emotional wellness of students, and their families under this unprecedented COVID-19 health pandemic. CCPS invites parents to read the information below and visit related links as we maneuver collaboratively through challenges and questions raised under the current COVID-19 conditions.