- Why are People Wearing Masks? --article for parents of young children to help explain changes
- Managing Anxiety and Stress--article and resources for adults, parents, professionals on managing anxiety and stress
- The Importance of Self-Care--strategies for parents balancing work at home, childcare, and self-care
Support for students, families and staff
Edina Public Schools administrators, counselors, social workers, and school psychologists are committed to supporting our staff, students, and families during these challenging times. In addition to the information and resources listed below, we will continue to reach out and be available to help guide you through these times of uncertainty.
It is important to recognize that students may have a variety of reactions to what they are experiencing. These might include fear, anxiety, stress, confusion, isolation, uncertainty, or sadness. Children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful situations and events. A child’s anxiety will rise if they see their parents are overly worried. According to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), children need age-appropriate information and facts. Depending on their age, talk to your child about the seriousness of illness and the steps they can take to prevent becoming ill or spreading an illness to others. Giving a child a sense of control can help ease their anxiety. NASP recommends the following:
- Remain calm and reassuring.
- Make yourself available.
- Avoid excessive blaming.
- Monitor television viewing and social media use.
- Maintain a normal routine as much as possible.
- Be honest and accurate.
- Know the symptoms of COVID-19.
- Talk about and model proper hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices that can prevent illness.
The following resources are great one-stop links that cover a wide variety of information that can be helpful to you and your family: