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Supporting the social and emotional well-being of students

Published Thursday, April 2, 2020

With an extended school closure and many families in Berkeley County doing all they can to distance themselves from others, there is a change in the day-to-day schedule of our students. 

As BCSD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram said in his April 2, 2020 update, we’ve seen the anxiety of our teens in social media posts. 

“While we cannot address every rumor, we can state, as we have from the beginning, that learning in Berkeley County will count,” Dr. Ingram said. “Our school year is far from over. Teachers, administrators and support staff are digging deep and doing everything they can to prepare our students for what comes after this pandemic -- the next grade level, college, a career or just the normalities of life.”

For those students who may need emotional support, career advice or general social guidance, it should be known that our school counselors are working virtually from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. School counselor email addresses are located in the faculty/staff directory on each school’s website.

BCSD social workers are also available to assist students and families with needs. There are 10 social workers in our district committed to addressing and removing barriers to student success. They are also working from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. each weekday. CONTACT YOUR BCSD SOCIAL WORKER 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CDC guide on talking to children about COVID-19
As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease. https://www.bcsdschools.net/covidg

National Alliance on Mental Illness COVID-19 Info and Resources
NAMI released the NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide to answer frequently asked questions regarding the intersection between Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and people affected by mental illness, their caregivers and loved ones. The guide features FAQs on a variety of topics from managing anxiety and social isolation to accessing health care and medications. PRINTABLE GUIDE

Second Step COVID-19 Resources for Educators and Families
Second Step is offering several free social-emotional learning activities designed for children agest 5-13. There's also a podcast for families and a mindfulness program. ADDITIONAL INFO

Parents' guide to virtual learning
The National Center for Learning Disabilities has provided this guide for parents for online learning for students with learning disabilities. VIEW/PRINT GUIDE