COVID-19 School Closure Update
COVID-19 School Closure UpdateAll ECASD schools will be closed at the end of Monday, March 16.  Details have been sent to families through Skyward.  That message may be found at www.ecasd.us/COVID-19.


For more information about At-Home Learning and other resources, go here: https://www.ecasd.us/District/At-Home-Learning

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Mental Health Resources

Taking good care of yourself and your family during these uncertain and ever changing times is critical.  If you or anyone you know is struggling or having a hard time concerning their mental health please reach out as follows:

If your concern is an emergency, please call 911

For a Mental Health crisis, please call:

  • Northwest Connections 1-888-552-6642
  • National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255
  • Wisconsin HOPELINE text HOPELINE 741741
 

You can also learn about many other resources available to support youth mental health in our brochure by clicking here

SBMH
If your child is currently participating in School Based Mental Health (SBMH) services, the participating agency at their school is working to make a plan to continue this service.  You should be hearing from your student's therapist regarding the plan soon, if you have not already.  If you have questions, please reach out to the therapist directly or to the SBMH contact at your school.  The plans are as follows:
 
Children's Wisconsin: They are currently making plans but as of today they will not be seeing any kids in person until further notice unless deemed highly urgent and they pass the screener.  They are able to see kids via phone, and some via video (Zoom) when that’s available to us.  Therapists have been contacting all of their SBMH families to triage urgency and start planning accordingly.
 
Marriage and Family Services: SBMH services will only be offered in one of their office locations, arrangements would need to be made with the therapist directly.  They are also able to do brief telephone check-ins/sessions for private pay only---they are checking with insurance to see about billing for services provided through telehealth (phone).
 
Prevea: SBMH services will only be offered at the clinic after today (Monday), due to the school closures. This plan will be through April 6, 2020,  but is subject to change.
At Home Social-Emotional Learning Opportunities
 
Regardless of a child’s age, he or she may feel upset or have other strong emotions after an emergency. Some children react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty much later. How a child reacts and the common signs of distress can vary according to the child’s age, previous experiences, and how the child typically copes with stress.  Children react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When adults react calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for children. The links below are for some great resources for helping children cope.  It's a good idea to learn different strategies to cope, including:
Take Care of Yourself:
Eating Healthy
Getting Enough Sleep
Self-regulate:
Mindful Breathing
Meditating
Be Creative:
Drawing
Painting
Exercise:
Go for a walk
Yoga
Share Your Thoughts:
Talking with someone
Journaling
Talk with Someone
Seek Professional Help if needed

Websites
  • How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus - Provided by NBC News
  • Just for Kids: Exploring the New Coronavirus - Provided by NPR.org
  • GoNoodle - Is a free site that provides 100's of movement and mindfulness videos for kids
  • Sesame Street- Here you’ll find tons of multi-media tools in both English and Spanish designed for children from birth to six.  The site covers a wide range of topics, from school readiness to building healthy habits to tough issues such as divorce and hunger.
  • Cosmic Kids - A site with yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation activities for kids
  • Mandala Online Coloring Pages - For all ages. Have fun with this online coloring of Mandala. You can also save your picture and share with your friends or print a blank coloring and create your picture of Mandala with your own coloring box.  All coloring pages are free.
  • Yoga for Teens - This is a free site with 20 minute Yoga sessions.
  • Mindfulness For Teens -This is a free site that provides teen-aged insight to the benefits of Mindfulness and provides guided meditations.

Apps - These Apps can be downloaded through the Self-Service app on Ipads:
Class Dojo - A communication tool that some teachers use with students and families to share what’s happening in the classroom.  It also has social-emotional learning videos and activities that teach coping strategies.  Parents can set up an account and use the applications even if their child's teacher does not use it in the classroom.  Also works as a website application.
  • Fluidity - This sensory app is used to help calm, refocus or motivate students.  
  • Khan Academy - You can learn anything on this application!
  • Stop, Think and Breathe - A meditation and mindfulness app that helps you find peace anywhere. It allows you to check in with your emotions, and recommends short guided meditations, yoga and acupressure videos, tuned to how you feel.

Video
Home Alone - With all that is happening, UW - Extension would like to share this resource with  families as they may be unexpectedly facing childcare decisions and potentially needing children to care for themselves all or part of the day.  These videos are for parents and their children who are getting ready to stay home alone. Parents and children should watch the videos together and use the short activities after each video to discuss your plans to stay safe.  Click here to go to the UW Extension Facebook page and learn more the videos.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your child's school counselor.  You can call them and leave a message or email them.  They all have hours they are available to support your child remotely​.  You can find contact information on your school's webpage under Student Services.