It is important to ensure families prioritize their own social-emotional health and well-being. Staying home is important for community and personal health, and it also poses some new challenges and opportunities. Please know that your mental health and well-being are of the utmost priority. The District will keep this webpage updated with resources to help you through this extended at home phase.
Our social-emotional learning (SEL) partner, CASEL, has this dedicated webpage for COVID-19: https://casel.org/covid-resources/
Please access our District SEL page for general resources here: https://www.winnetka36.org/domain/265
Resources to Talk Your Children about COVID-19
Comprehensive Resource from the National Association of School Psychologists
For Young Children - PBS
Mental Health & Covid-19
Managing Anxiety & Stress (CDC)
Harvard Business Review
That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief
Student Resources - Text-a-Tip
Text-A-Tip is a 24/7 anonymous text-communication system for youth needing immediate mental health assistance for themselves or a friend. Our 5th-8th grade students can send a message through Text-A-Tip and receive an immediate response from a local professional counselor while remaining completely anonymous. Anyone who texts "D36Help" to 1-844-823-5323 will receive a text response within 3 minutes from a counselor. This resource is provided by LEAD (Linking Efforts Against Drugs), a non-profit organization based in Lake Forest, who has already done work in our school and community over the past few years. LEAD works in schools all over the country, including nearly every school on the North Shore.
Parenting during the Stay-at-Home Mandate
(Common Sense Media; 3/29/20)
Tips & Insights (Washington Post; 3/25/2020)
Ideas for Structure (PBS; 3/17/2020)
Avoid Isolation and Shift Attention to the Needs of Others (Harvard; 3/18/2020)
Healthy Activities to Do at Home (Action for Healthy Kids)
Looking for More?
When COVID-19 hit, educators around the world began curating resources to help their colleagues. Here are some activities you can peruse for your students who are looking for more.