Support during C-19

Posted on: Mar 27, 2020

March 27, 2020

Hello Parents!

Holland Hall’s community is one of strength, care, and presence. Just because we are not physically at school during this time and not able to give hugs and high-fives does not mean our school and our community goes away. Our teachers have been doing an amazing job with getting materials prepared so that your students can remain active learners during this time. As your counseling team, we are so grateful for this staff! And likewise, parents and caregivers — YOU are doing an amazing job of taking this unprecedented time in stride and adjusting with calmness, positivity, and support for your child(ren).

This time of change and uncertainty is likely difficult and unsettling for all of us. All of our emotions are in full force, and it is easy to lose sight of the fact that our feelings, whether pleasant or unpleasant, are a defining aspect of being human. Please remember that you are not alone during this time. We are here to help. Teachers, administrators, and support staff are here to help guide and provide a (virtual) shoulder to lean on. If you are feeling overwhelmed, please reach out to either of us and encourage your student to do the same. I hope you and your family find comfort in knowing that our community remains here and strong, regardless of the situation.

Whether we realize it or not, our kids get their emotional cues from the adults in their lives. The truth is that some of us are not handling this stuff well. We are all human, and with that, we all make mistakes. Our point here is not to invite folks on a guilt trip but rather to pause and take a deep breath. Please remember to give yourself and your sons and daughters a lot of grace. Intentional rest, physical activity, quality nutrition and hydration and engaging in life-giving activities and interests are of utmost importance as we adapt to this new reality that is before us.

It is also important to encourage your sons and daughters to share their thoughts in a developmentally appropriate way. Talking with our children about the coronavirus may be difficult and hard. Here are a few tips that might help if you are struggling with how to talk with your child and help them through this time:

  • Talking AND Listening: Allow children to ask questions and take cues from them. This allows you to understand what they already know and clarify misinformation. Keep it simple and age appropriate.
  • Validate Feelings: We are all feeling anxious, concerned, confused and that’s ok. Allow them to feel this way and talk through these feelings.
  • Keep Structure and Routine as Much as Possible: Keeping a schedule with work time, play time, snack/meal time, screen time, etc. will help your child know what to expect each day.
  • Reassurance: Explain what is being done to keep them safe, such as washing hands, staying home, healthy habits, etc.

Below are some additional links below with more information about how to talk with your child:

CDC – Talking to Children about Coronavirus

Child Mind Institute – Talk to Kids about Coronavirus

CNN- Keeping Children Safe and Reassured

Once again, please be patient and gracious with yourself. It is more than ok for you to feel so many mixed emotions during this time. Please reach out with anything you might need. We, along with the rest of the Holland Hall community, are here for you. We are in this together!

With support and virtual hugs and high fives,

Cassie Gray, LPC
School Counselor

Ryan Myers, LPC
School Counselor