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Helping Students Through Quarantine and School Re-entry

The 2020-21 school year started off with anticipation, excitement, uncertainty, and apprehension.  Those feelings and more have continued throughout the first few months of school.  Students have adjusted to the new “normal” of the school year.  In addition, many students have experienced times of quarantine either for themselves or for the entire school.  As we continue the school year with further prospects of possible quarantines, the following information can guide you in helping your student academically, socially, and emotionally in times of quarantine and re-entry to school.

 

Helping students on quarantine: 

 

Keep a structure and a routine

Students of all ages are more productive when they maintain a daily schedule.  Help students design and follow a regular routine which may include waking up at a scheduled time each morning, getting dressed as if it were a regular school day, structuring academic time, building in physical breaks (getting outside if possible), and going to sleep at a regular time.

Organize physical and mental space

Delegate a space specifically for school work.  Organize the space with necessary materials and limit distractions.  Keep a calendar with daily and weekly tasks, assignments, and goals.  Make a to-do list and cross items off as they are completed.  Break work into manageable chunks.  Only focus on what tasks need to be completed that day or week.

Continue to cultivate relationships

Maintaining relationships continues to be an important aspect of mental health even during quarantine.  Take advantage of virtual meetings with classmates for academic and social interactions.  Find time to talk with friends and family.  Phone calls and face time are better than text.  Find time to participate in fun activities with those who live in the home.

Show compassion to self and other

Nourish the body, mind, and soul.  Keep healthy eating, sleeping, and exercise habits.  Spend time outside.  Keep humor in the home.  Try to laugh every day.  Schedule time for a mindfulness routine for the entire family.  Five to ten minutes of mindfulness practice each day is shown to have significant effects on mental wellness.

 

Helping students prepare for re-entry to school

 

Discuss what to expect when returning to school

Prepare students as to expectations such as new rules and social expectations as they return to school.  Discuss any changes to expect and how to approach such changes.

Listen, validate, and calm concerns and fears

Students will have a myriad of feelings regarding returning to school.  Listen to understand those feelings and respond in a calming manner.  Discuss concerns and how the school is implementing procedures to keep them safe and healthy.

Discuss social expectations

Help students understand what is appropriate in social situations.  Outline mask wearing, distancing, and other procedures the student should expect.  Talk with student about how they can safely continue to socially interact with friends.

Manage your own anxiety:

Students will look to parents for examples of how they should be feeling with returning to school as well as how they should behave.  Stay calm, show empathy, and model appropriate actions that keep everyone safe such as mask wearing in public places.

 

References:

Mazzella, R. (2020, August 11). GUIDE: Transitioning Back to School After Quarantine. Retrieved November 13, 2020, from https://www.carolinaparent.com/guide-transitioning-back-to-school-after-quarantine/

Millner, U. C. (2020). Five Tips for Students During the Coronavirus Self-Quarantine. Retrieved November 13, 2020, from https://lesley.edu/article/five-tips-for-students-during-the-coronavirus-self-quarantine

CSD Streamlines Notification Process for Students After Possible COVID-19 Exposure

Canyons District has streamlined the family-notification process when it has been determined through the contact-tracing process that a student may have been exposed at school by student or employee who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

To ensure that families receive the notification, parents of children who will need to quarantine will receive an automated phone call and an email. Parents also will receive a text message if they have signed up for that service in Skyward. The process was put into place in recent weeks and has proven effective in immediately notifying parents of this important information.  

The official information will come from the Canyons school nurses, who are at the forefront of the District’s COVID-19 response. Canyons District nurses work hand-in-hand with the Salt Lake County Health Department and other health authorities to confirm test results, conduct contact tracing, answer questions of parents, students and employees, and help track the District’s overall COVID-19 cases. 

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#TrotForTech Virtual 5K: A Fun, Healthy Fundraiser to Provide WiFi and Computing Devices to Students in Need

While many traditional celebrations that take place this time of year might look drastically different this season, the Canyons Education Foundation is planning an event that ticks all of the boxes: It’s fun, it’s for a good cause, and the entire community can participate.

The Canyons Education Foundation’s inaugural Virtual Fun Run kicks off Nov. 22-28, and provides an opportunity for participants to complete a 5K that is safe and will benefit members of the community through a fundraiser for Internet connectivity and computing devices for students in need. 

“We know there are individuals who would love to help out within the District, so this is a way for employees and our own student families to be able to help other student families,” said Denise Haycock, Development Officer for the Canyons Education Foundation. 

Those who wish to participate in the fun run can visit this link to sign up.

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