This is so strange to have to reach out to you via email! Although we are ordered to stay home at this time, we would like you all to know that your school nurses are still available to answer any questions and help you with anything you may need assistance with. We would like to share some resources with you as well. Although information is changing constantly, we are participating in Webinars to keep updated on the latest information regarding COVID-19. We are also making ourselves available to volunteer in our hospitals, health departments and testing sites in hopes to make a difference in this crazy time.
Here are some suggestions that we have for your family that we hope will help you and your students.
~Go for a walk!!! We know the students are “in school” until the afternoon, but we would suggest getting outside and moving your body and take in fresh air. It may be just a few minutes as a break between classes, or a full hour after school work is complete! Make it a family outing! Use this time to talk to your student about how they are doing. It is a great way to clear the mind, and boost your mood.
~Teenagers need to be with friends. We understand this, however, if we do not social distance and stay at home, we will be out of our school buildings that much longer! Make use of tools like Facetime and Zoom to connect with friends. DO NOT HOST PARTIES AND GET TOGETHERS! This will only prolong the isolation.
~Talk to each other. Keep the lines of communication open. If you feel like your child is feeling anxious or depressed, please reach out to your guidance counselor or one of us and we can find you help and resources.
~Limit media coverage. It’s okay to want to stay aware of the current situation, but step away! Try watching one news update daily to keep abreast of new developments and then shut it down. Especially around our kids, please limit the amount of exposure. Listening to it all day can contribute to stress and anxiety for everyone!
Here are some resources that may be helpful to you at this time:
Center for Disease Control (CDC):
Hunterdon County Health Dept:
New Jersey Dept of Health:
Manage stress and anxiety:
Internet through Comcast:
If your family is struggling with any necessities, please reach out to your nurses and we will do our best to help you!
We wish you all good health and we look forward to seeing all of our students again! We miss them!