El Dorado High School

COVID-19 Resources For Students & Parents


Resources for Students & Parents

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Online EtiquetteVirtual Group Rules

Coping with Stress and Anxiety 

This might be a time when you feel especially overwhelmed and anxious with all of the information and changes that are happening. Here are some ways to cope with those feelings: 
 

Limit Time on Social Media and Looking at Screens 

Studies have shown that extended time on social media and looking at screens can negatively impact anxiety and stress levels. Here are some activities to do instead of being on social media: 
  1. Play board games as a family
  2. Go for a walk outside (maybe with the family pet!) 
  3. Go for a bike ride 
  4. Bake/cook for fun (Baking recipes: https://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/easy-baking) 
  5. Read a book 
  6. Write in a journal (journal prompts: https://www.journalbuddies.com/journal_prompts__journal_topics/writing-prompts-for-middle-school-kids/)
  7. Write stories! 
  8. Make a card or write a letter and mail it to a friend or family member 
  9. Make something out of all those Amazon boxes 
  10. Create experiments with supplies found around the house 
  11. Practice an instrument 
  12. Create art 
  13. Coloring pages (link to free printable coloring pages: https://coloringhome.com/teenage-coloring-pages-free-printable) 
  14. Make your own music videos to your favorite songs 
  15. Choreograph your own dances 

Websites To Help You Cope With Stress and Anxiety: 

Academic Tips:

While you may not physically be on campus, it is important to continue with a daily routine and keep up with your schoolwork. If you feel that you need extra support for your learning, here are some websites to help: 

 
 

Parent Resources

Helpful COVID-19 Links

Resources for communicating with your student about COVID-19: 

 
These guidelines include:
  • Remain calm and reassuring
  • Make yourself available
  • Avoid excessive blaming
  • Monitor television viewing and social media
  • Maintain a normal routine to the extent possible
  • Be honest and accurate
  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19
  • Review and model basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices for protection
  • Discuss new rules or practices at school
  • Communicate with your school
  • Keep explanations age-appropriate
 
 
Video created by the CDC to explain coronavirus to kids:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPsY-jLqaXM&feature=youtu.be
 

Helping Students Cope with Stress and Anxiety

This disruption to routine and the overwhelming level of information about COVID-19 can result in students feeling stressed and anxious. It is important to give your student a sense of control by including them in positive meaning-making about the situation and brainstorming ways they can spend this time in a positive and productive way.  Encouraging your student to find ways of helping others during this time can frame this time of uncertainty as a time of growth. 

Articles about managing stress and coping with anxiety: 

Resources to help your student cope with the stress and anxiety: 

Limiting Access to Television and Social Media

Ideas for Activities that Do Not Involve a Screen 

  • Play board games as a family
  • Go for a walk outside
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Bake/cook for fun
  • Read a book
  • Write in a journal
  • Make a card or write a letter and mail it to a friend or family member
  • Make something out of all those Amazon boxes
  • Create experiments with supplies found around the house
  • Get a start on early spring yard work (if weather permits)
  • Practice an instrument
  • Create art 

Activities for Families and Students During School Closure: 

Creating a Media Contract with Your Student 

 
During times like this, processing too much information from media can cause more panic and anxiety in students. We recommend limiting the access your student has to media to allow your student space to process all the information and to ask questions. Here are some guidelines for creating a media contract with your student:
  • Set family expectations for all devices - whether it is the TV, tablets, computers, or cell phones, set clear expectations about the use of devices and be a role model for your students.
  • Guidelines about when and where the device can be used - although this time away from school and work can be stressful, it can also be a time to reconnect as a family. Set guidelines about not using phones while eating meals together or before bed.
  • Encourage your student to stop and think before they post - misinformation can result in more panic during this stressful time. Encourage your student to research before reposting anything or to think about if that information will be helpful to others or have negative consequences.
  • Respectful behavior and completing online school work earns more privileges - in an effort to motivate students to complete the online school work they are receiving, technology privileges can be used as a reward.
  • Have open communication about media content - be open about the information you are aware of and have open discussions with your students about what is going on currently as we are getting new updates each day. If there is a question that you don’t have the answer for, research the information together on reliable websites or news outlets.

Community Resources

  • Alanon/Alateen: 916.334.2970
  • Big Brothers & Big Sisters: 530.626.1222
  • Boys & Girls Club: 530.295.8019
  • Cal-SAFE (for pregnant & parenting students): 530.622.7130
  • Child Abuse Reporting: 800.422.4453
  • Domestic Violence Hotline: 916.920.2952
  • El Dorado Transit: 530.642.5383
  • Health Department: 530.621.6100
  • Health Depot: 530.626.3722
  • Mental Health Crisis Line: 530.622-3345
  • New Morning Youth and Family Services: 530.626.4190
  • Progress House, transitional housing: 530.642-1715
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 530.622.3345
  • Women's Center: 530.626.1450
  • Women's Crisis Line: 530.626.1131