the event of an emergency:
ü Contact Mobile Crisis at 24/7 Hotline 216.623.6888; Text “4Hope” to 741741 or Chat online Mon-Fri, 3-9 pm www.FrontLineService.org
ü Call Bellefaire’s 24/7 Homeless and Missing Youth Hotline: 216.570.8010 https://www.bellefairejcb.org/YouthHomelessness
ü Call 911
If a non-emergency:
ü Shannon Carlson, MSW, LISW and Rachel Duber, MSW, LSW are our two (2) School Social Workers; both are licensed, trained mental health professionals, employed by the school district, with a degree in social work. School Social Workers work closely with School Counselors and are the link between the home, school and community in providing direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel to promote and support students' academic and social success. Please contact them If you need support, you may email them:
[email protected] or [email protected]
ü Contact Lyndhurst Police Department (440.473.5116) or South Euclid Police Department (216.381.1234) – Both Departments have School Resource Officers
ü For general assistance (non-emergency) in Cuyahoga County, please call 211 https://www.211oh.org/
Talking with Kids about the Coronavirus:
- Don’t be afraid to discuss the coronavirus. Your goal is to help your children feel informed and get fact-based information that is likely more reassuring than whatever they’re hearing from their friends or on the news.
- Be developmentally appropriate. Don’t volunteer too much information, as this may be overwhelming. Instead, try to answer your child’s questions.
- Deal with your own anxiety. If you notice that you are feeling anxious, take some time to calm down before trying to have a conversation or answer your child’s questions.
- Be reassuring. It’s helpful to reassure your child about how rare the coronavirus actually is (the flu is much more common) and that kids actually seem to have milder symptoms.
- Focus on what you’re doing to stay safe. The CDC recommends thoroughly washing your hands as the primary means of staying healthy. So, remind kids that they are taking care of themselves by washing their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (or the length of two “Happy Birthday” songs) .
- Stick to routine. “We don’t like uncertainty, so staying rooted in routines and predictability is going to be helpful right now,” advises Dr. Domingues. Structured days with regular mealtimes and bedtimes are an essential part of keeping kids happy and healthy.
- Keep talking. Tell kids that you will continue to keep them updated as you learn more. “Let them know that the lines of communication are going to be open,” says Dr. Domingues.
Source: Child Mind Institute: https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/