We have devoted much time to ensuring our children’s academic education continues during the coronavirus school closure. I think it is also important to consider our children’s mental health—how are our very socially active students coping emotionally in a world where they can only socialize virtually with their Friends?
For elementary students—particularly our younger students—social interaction with peers is by far more important than the next Saxon Math lesson. From a young person’s perspective—within a very short period of time—they were told they could not physically play with their friends. From JK to Grade 8, “seeing their friends” has been limited to virtual images on a screen.
Children may be experiencing fear and anxiety because of the change in their everyday lives resulting from social distancing and home isolation.
I have reviewed several resources aimed at helping children cope emotionally with their current situation and there are some excellent resources included on our site for parents to help children cope with the information and expectations resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
Rose Bastien, Hons. B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., OCT.
Vice Principal, Head of Curriculum