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Adults and children alike have questions about the pandemic, especially because the fast-paced nature of the changes we are experiencing is unprecedented. Below are some resources that you might find helpful as you parent and support your children during these times. Some of these articles may also help you explain the pandemic to members of your family and find additional educational resources for your students.
Best Special Education Apps and Websites, a list from Common Sense Education
Numerous articles point to the benefits of establishing a consistent routine. Children appreciate choice and they are reassured by predictability. You know your children best; make a schedule with the needs of your family in mind. Feel free to use this template. Need inspiration? Our own Shelley Hoey, Instructional Coach and Curriculum Coordinator at Floral Street School, has also shared the plan she created for her children. Here is another schedule for learning from home.
Having an unplanned period of time off from work and school is challenging for many families. Concerns about health, childcare, income, and other related challenges can result in a high-stress environment that impacts the childrens' feelings and behaviors. Here are some local resources that families can use to help smooth the path through this unusual time.
— Many media center resources are accessible through the district website, which has links for each media center.
— Occupational Therapy resources from the Shrewsbury Public Schools website
— Speech & Language resources from the Shrewsbury Public Schools website
— WGBH, our local hub for children's programming, has shared resources for both educators and children of all ages. Check out their Learning Media website, which includes many links.
— Association Of Middle Level Educators (AMLE) has a curated list of online learning resources for middle school students and their families.
— The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a webpage on Stress and Coping during the outbreak.
— Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a webpage addressing mental health and substance abuse during the outbreak.
— If your child is in crisis or if they are a threat to themselves or others, you should call 911. In addition, here are other 24-hour emergency services.
UMass Medical Center
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
Youth Mobile Crisis Intervention
Those clients who do not have MassHealth can still access Emergency Mental Health Services through UMass Memorial-Community Healthlink (26 Queen Street, 5th Floor, Worcester, MA 01610). To schedule an appointment call, (800) 977-5555.
Having accurate and up-to-date information about the virus is important, so please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for the most official and up-to-date information about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The Mass.gov website also has information on the outbreak of coronavirus in Massachusetts, including updates from the Department of Public Health (DPH), Center of Disease Control (CDC) and Governor Baker. Information and articles from Mass.gov include the “Stay at Home” advisory, Unemployment Benefits and Housing Assistance, Emotional Health and Well Being Resources, Mental Health Crisis Support, and Talking to Children about Stress.