Coping with social distancing and stay-at-home orders

Following Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, you and your family may find yourselves wondering how you’re going to stay busy and keep calm while not being able to leave the house for anything other than essential errands for the next several weeks.

These unprecedented and uncertain times are a source of stress and anxiety for families, and we’ve compiled a list of links with resources for coping during this crisis.

ESD 112’s Tips and Resources to help cope with staying safe and healthy at home

High stress levels aren’t healthy or sustainable for anyone, and when they begin to impact you and the people around you, it’s probably time to evaluate the tools and tactics you are using to cope. Never fear, help is here. Let these tips and resources guide your journey to peace during this unusual time. Read more here.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19

Provides information for parents and caregivers about infectious disease outbreaks in your community. Knowing important information about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce stress and help calm likely anxieties. This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope. Read the fact sheet here.

National Association of School Psychologists – How to talk to your child about COVID-19

It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. Acknowledging some level of concern, without panicking, is appropriate and can result in taking the necessary actions that reduce the risk of illness. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety. This is also a tremendous opportunity for adults to model for children problem-solving, flexibility, and compassion as we all work through adjusting daily schedules, balancing work and other activities, getting creative about how we spend time, processing new information from authorities, and connecting and supporting friends and family members in new ways. These tips can help.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Stress and Coping with COVID-19

This page is available in five languages, and lists a variety of resources to help families identify and manage stress and anxiety during times of crisis. Visit the CDC website here.

Great Schools’ Emotional Toolbox

This is a resource for parents of K-5 students that includes topics such as bullying, sibling rivalry, making friends, and screen time. Access their Emotional Toolbox here.

The New York Times: Home-Schooling Tweens and Teens During Coronavirus Closings

This article features advice from experts and home-schoolers on what do with your children if their schools are closed. Read the story here.

Family and Community Resource Center

Battle Ground Public Schools’ Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC) helps meet the needs of families faced with housing instability and similar economic challenges. The center’s staff fields requests for a variety of resources to help those in need. Those requests typically include items such as school supplies, backpacks, winter clothes and personal items that enable students to stay focused on their studies. Visit battlegroundps.org/fcrc for more information.

Second Step

Battle Ground Public Schools uses Second Step to teach students social/emotional skills. During the school closure, K-8 schools will be using these resources to provide ongoing social/emotional instruction/support. Some of the content for K-5 (lessons, songs, videos, worksheets) can be accessed for FREE by families by using the steps below. Families can access all the streaming media and downloadable content on SecondStep.org through June 30, 2020.

How to Create a SecondStep.org Account

  1.  Go to www.secondstep.org
  2. Under New Users, click ”Create Account”
  3. Complete the required fields
  4. Add the Program Activation Key for the grade level of your student:
    Early Learning: SSPE FAMI LY68
    Kindergarten: SSPK FAMI LY70
    Grade 1: SSP1 FAMI LY71
    Grade 2: SSP2 FAMI LY72
    Grade 3: SSP3 FAMI LY73
    Grade 4: SSP4 FAMI LY74
    Grade 5: SSP5 FAMI LY75

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