Parental involvement is always encouraged and has been linked to successful students. Take the time each night to touch base with your child and check that he/she has done their homework and / or is prepared for an upcoming test. We look foward to all our returning students and our new students in the school. Let's make it a safe and productive school year!
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HURDEN LOOKER SCHOOL
Mr. A. Robert Gregory
Acting Superintendent of Schools
Tracey Wolff Robert Winston
Principal Vice Principal
March 17, 2020
The advent of online learning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic will inevitably affect your child in non-academic ways. Please take a moment to read the below information, which will help you support your child’s social and emotional needs while school is closed.
First, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s School Counselor or SAC via email at any time during the school closure for non-emergency situations. However, if your child is experiencing a mental health emergency or crisis, please contact the police, 911. or take your child to the nearest emergency room. The Counseling Department will not be available for crisis situations or consultations.
Change and uncertainty are difficult for all of us, but especially for children, who do not necessarily have (or need) a full understanding of the current pandemic and its implications. The National Association of School Psychologists has put together a parent resource. Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus), that may be helpful to you and that can be adapted to children of any grade level. Generally speaking, though, keep the following in mind for children and teens:
- Remind them of the basics of personal hygiene, and, if necessary, explain both how viruses can be passed along…..prevented.
- Remember that students take their cue from adults. Although you may be worried, modeling a calm response will help them cope with their anxiety.
- Validating fears and concerns is important. Remember that they do not have as much world experience or mas much ability to form perspective as you do. Letting them know that experiencing a range of emotions is usual in uncertain and frightening situations.
- Remind them that the COVID-19 can affect anyone regardless of age, race, nationality or ethnicity. Making comments, assumptions or jokes about those who are or might affected goes against all of our community’s value.
Lastly, take care of yourself emotionally as well. If it’s not already part of your routine, now might be a good time to try some mindfulness activities as a family. A quick Google search will result in many free resources, apps, and types of relation techniques. Green Child Magazine has an inventory of quick links for free Guided Relaxation Scripts for kids, and Mindfulness for Teens is a good starting point for older children.
We are striving to provide the best approximation of support of your child’s social, emotional, and academic needs through virtual means. Again, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email with any questions or concerns.
Mr. Daniel Nuzzolo, Guidance