Social and Emotional Wellness During the Extended School Closure

The LCSD Guildance Department shares this advice on how to talk to children and young adults about COVID-19:

Be calm and reassuring

  • Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions.
  • If true, emphasize to your children that they and your family are fine. Remind them that you and the adults in at school are there to keep them safe and healthy.
  • Let them talk about their feelings. Help them reframe their concerns into the appropriate perspective.

Make yourself available

  • Children may need extra attention and may want to talk about their concerns, fears, and questions.
  • It is important that they know they have someone who will listen to them and make time for them.
  • Tell them you love them and give them plenty of affection.

Avoid excessive news

  • Be aware of comments other adults make around your family.
  • Avoid news broadcasts that might be upsetting when your children are present. Constantly watching updates on the status of COVID-19 can increase anxiety.
  • Speak to your child about how many Internet stories about COVID-19 may be based on rumors.
  • Information designed for adults can cause anxiety or confusion, particularly in young children.

Maintain a routine

  • Keep to a regular schedule, as this can be reassuring and promotes physical health.
  • Encourage children to keep up with schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but don’t push them if they seem overwhelmed.

Be honest, accurate and healthy

  • Giving children guidance on what they can do to prevent infection gives them a greater sense of
    control over disease spread and will help to reduce their anxiety.
  • When tensions are high, sometimes we try to blame someone. Avoid stereotyping any one group of people as responsible for the virus.
  • Children often imagine situations far worse than reality. Don’t ignore their concerns.
  • Encourage good hygiene, such as proper hand washing.
  • Encourage your child to eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly.

Helpful Resources


Middle School

High School

Coping in Hard Times Fact Sheet for High School and College Age

For Parents and Educators