Talking to your children about school closures

Tips for talking to kids about school closures and COVID-19

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Have you talked to your kids about school closures related to COVID-19?

How to talk to your kids about COVID-19 and school closures

Monitor television viewing and social media. Limit screen time as much as possible, and avoid watching or listening to information that might be upsetting with your kids around. Remind them that many stories about COVID-19 online are based on rumors and inaccurate information.

Make yourself available. Kids may need extra time with you to process their concerns, feelings, and questions. Make sure they know that you’re there to listen to them, and provide them with plenty of love and affection.

Remain calm and assuring. Kids pick up on your verbal and nonverbal reactions, so make sure you’re in control of those. Help reframe your kids’ concerns into the appropriate perspective.

Other ways to help kids manage their stress

Keep a consistent schedule. Consistent bedtimes, meals, and exercise will help your family feel a sense of calm among change.

If available, encourage students to access distance learning options. School districts are allowed to provide distance learning if they can provide it equitably to all students. Check with your school district for more information.

Have fun! Do things that make your family feel better in times of stress, such as watching movies, reading, or playing games.

Keep yourself and your family safe

Keep yourself informed

Stay informed with COVID-19 updates from the Department of Health, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and your local health department.

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