At This Time of School Closures and Remote Learning, How to Keep Students Engaged and Tend to Their Social-Emotional Health
Students are losing access to trusted adults, close friends and mental health care services. School closures and the broader concerns around COVID-19 are stress-inducing, and many students are entering this phase with underlying mental health challenges. As schools convert from in-person to online instruction, the need remains for continued personal connection and attention to the well-being of students and staff.
We’re social creatures. The news cycle can feel as stressful as ever. I get it — though needed, it can prove to be difficult to be mindful of our own well-being.
When talking with children, use age-appropriate language and answer their questions honestly and accurately. Explain (in simple terms) what is known about the disease and that scientists are working hard to find out more.
The team at Inside SEL has put together an initial list of resources, blog posts and guides to help cope during this volatile and difficult time. Our intention is to continue to add to the list as we come across more relevant content.