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In light of the most current events around COVID-19, we understand that this is an uncertain time. We all have to be diligent in taking care of our physical, social, and emotional well-being so we can take care of our loved ones. In order to do this, we encourage you to talk to your children about the facts around COVID-19 and what this time of school dismissal means. This is a link that will help: Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child
We are working hard to help meet the needs of students and families. During these challenging times, it is important to take care of your emotional health. Pay attention to how you and your family members are feeling. Taking care of your emotional health will help you think clearly and react in a productive way to protect yourself and your family. Here are some tips on how you and your family can be safe and find support.
- How to reduce anxiety and stress: Keep up with regular routines. While schools are dismissed, create a schedule for learning, relaxing or fun activities.
- Sleep is necessary for good brain health and survival in general.
- Physical exercise -The vitamin D we get from the sun supports physical health and well-being. Here are a few links to find outdoor activities you can do as families: Utah County Parks and Trails, Biking Trails, Running and Walking Trails.
- Seek appropriate ways for children to connect with others based on suggested safety guidelines.
- Talk to your childrenShare age-appropriate information
- Reassure your children. Let them know that it is ok if they feel upset
- Share how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn from you how to cope
- Answer questions
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your children can understand.
- Be mindful of exposure to continuous news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
- As parents, be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well.
- Please refer to the following link for additional information on Mental Health and Coping during COVID-19 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
What to do if you or someone in your family is feeling sick:
- Refer to the latest information from the CDC if you are feeling symptomatic.
- Please follow the CDC hygiene protocol.
- Utah County COVID-19 helpline – 801-851-HELP (4357)
- 211 Get connected to free and confidential resources throughout the state of Utah including food pantries, legal help, housing assistance, and more.
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