RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Our counseling department understands this is a difficult time where our students and parents may have questions, anxiety, or unsure of what is to come. Please know we are here to help. We ask parents to work with us and limit the media coverage your child is viewing. As we continue to be closed students will still have the opportunity to have instruction, and have educational support. Below you will find various links to relevant resources, suggestions for talking with children about their concerns, information on mental health services, and activities to enjoy with your family.
HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD
- Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Answer questions and share facts in a way that your child or teen can understand.
- Reassure your child or teen that they are safe.
- Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
- Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. It is easy to misinterpret what they hear.
- Try to keep up with regular routines. Even as schools are temporarily closed, try to create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
- Be a role model. Get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.
Virtual field trips are a great way to expose kids to new places all from the comfort of home. In this age of technology, so many museums, zoos and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities. Now more than ever is it easier to visit destinations around the world from the comfort of your couch. Click on the link for a list of virtual tours for you and children.
COPING WITH STRESS
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Click on the link below for tips on how to cope during this time.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES AND HELPLINES
Center for Health Care Services
Clarity Child Guidance Center
Jewish Family Service San Antonio
South San Antonio CARE Zone
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
San Antonio Resource Directory
SA Food Bank
SOUTH SAN ANTONIO ISD HELPFUL LINKS
South San Antonio ISD Counseling Department
Communities in Schools
Early College High School
High School Counseling Department