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Children's Social-Emotional Wellness

The pandemic has created an uncertain environment for us all, and the impact can be particularly challenging for children. We are always concerned about the social-emotional well-being of our students, and we want to continue being a resource during this period of distance learning.

While individuals react differently to stressful situations, children in general, tend to experience more intense emotions. Some level of fear and anxiety in this type of crisis is an expected and appropriate reaction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says parents should keep an eye out for these changes, as they signal a negative response, and could be signs of fear:

  • Excessive worry or sadness
  • Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
  • Irritability or acting out
  • Difficulty paying attention or concentration
  • Unexplained headaches or body pain

Children will look to parents and caregivers to see how they should respond to the pandemic. If they respond calmly and confidently, children will more likely do the same. The CDC also recommends you do the following:

  • Take breaks and get plenty of sleep
  • Exercise and eat well
  • Stay connected to friends and family
  • Reassure children that they are safe
  • Limit exposure to media coverage
  • Help children maintain a sense of structure

The district created a Student Well-Being Page  that provides materials and articles about coronavirus and anxiety, talking to children about coronavirus, managing stress associated with coronavirus, and much more. Please take a moment to review this information.

If you believe your child is in crisis, please contact:

  • Delaware County Youth Crisis Services: Call Helpline @ 740-369-3316, 2-1-1, or 1-800-684-2324
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 614-722-1800 (crisis hotline)

Also, please stay in contact with your child’s teacher(s) so they can also be a resource during this challenging time. While education is important, social-emotional health comes first.