By Serena Watson, Manager of Events & External Programs
It is hard to believe that in less than one month’s time we have all had our worlds turned upside down by a little known virus that seemed to creep into our lives leaving a path of uncertainty and destruction.
As parents, we have had to navigate changes in our home lives, work lives and social lives while facing a number of unknowns. As confused as we adults are, imagine what it is doing to our kids.
As hard as I have tried to shield my own child from the news and life style changes, I can tell that he is anxious and confused. And why not, we’ve gone from nightly activities and playdates to being home all day every day, and not being able to visit and play with friends, even those living on our own block.
There are some great resources available that we as parents can utilize to help our kids, and maybe ourselves, as we navigate this strange new world and try to understand the pandemic that is sweeping the globe.
EPIC’s Special Services department shared these great resources for coping strategies and education about COVID-19:
- Booklet for Kids on COVID-19
- Tips for Managing Stress and Anxiety (for you, students, or parents), Talking about COVD-19 With Student and Examples of Child-Friendly Language you can use about COVID-19
The following resources were shared by the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s Counseling Division in the Office of Student Support late last week:
- Coronavirus/COVID-19 FAQs For Oklahoma Public Schools
- Talking to Students about Coronavirus/COVID-19 Family and Educators Resources
- Virtual and Distance Social Emotional Learning During Coronavirus/COVID-19 Outbreak Educators and Family Guide
As we come across more resources, we will share them with you on this page.
If you find that more assistance may be needed, do not hesitate to seek outside help. EPIC has partnered with YCO Alliance to provide our families with FREE virtual Counseling. Learn more at https://epiccharterschools.org/counseling-services.
We recently shared information from Erica Fenderson, an EPIC 504 Specialist, in the EPIC newsletters about her new support groups for EPIC students in grades 7-12, You can learn more by contacting Erica by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Benefits include:
- Learning helpful information.
- Improved social skills.
- Gaining hope.
- Reducing distress.
- Increased self-understanding.
- Helping others in the group with your story.
EPIC also offers counseling services for our staff and their families through a partnership with A Chance to Change, a resource I have been fortunate enough to take advantage of myself.
It is great that we live in a day and age where we can get the help we need while safely sheltering in place with our families and loved ones. Take care of yourselves and your families and stay safe and healthy!