Preparing Parents & Children for Coronavirus

As the risk of coronavirus reaches Connecticut, children are starting to hear about it and some may become anxious.  Parents may be wondering if/when schools may close and what that means for their children.

Many parents are wondering how to talk about coronavirus with their children without causing alarm. The Child Mind Institute has put together this helpful guidance on talking to children in a way that will be reassuring and won’t cause more worry.  Similarly, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has issued “Talking With Children: Tips For Caregivers, Parents, And Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks”

You may also want to stay up to date on what’s happening in Connecticut.  The state has created a website, ct.gov/coronavirus, where you can access the latest information, resources, and guidance related to coronavirus (COVID-19).  This includes guidance and information provided to schools.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) also has a variety of resources on how to prepare your home for the potential of coronavirus. For more information on how the Connecticut State Board of Education is preparing see, Special Education in the Wake of Coronavirus.

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