Learn at Home

The government just announced a “Learn At Home” portal to help students continue their learning during their time away at school. https://www.ontariolearn.com/

Please know that these times are difficult for all of us, but can be particularly stressful for our children, for whom the routine of school is much needed.   Please see attached for valuable information in how you can talk to your children about the situation:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html​​​​​​​

Main messages are:

Remain calm and reassuring.

  • Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.

Make yourself available to listen and to talk.

  • Make time to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when they have questions.

Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.

  • Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity. Avoid making assumptions about who might have COVID-19.

Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online.

  • Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.

Provide information that is honest and accurate.

  • Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child.
  • Talk to children about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may be based on rumors and inaccurate information.

Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.

  • Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick.
  • Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.
  • Discuss any new actions that may be taken at school to help protect children and school staff.
    (e.g., increased handwashing, cancellation of events or activities)
  • Get children into a handwashing habit.
    • Teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
    • If soap and water are not available, teach them to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol. Supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent swallowing alcohol, especially in schools and childcare facilities.

We will get through this, and in working together to respect the protocols put in place, we will hope to see improvement over the coming weeks and months.

I would also like to take this time to thank all of our dedicated healthcare workers, emergency support teams, grocers and manufacturing employees who are working tirelessly to keep us safe and healthy.  Please join me in doing our part to help as well. Stay home and Be Safe ~ and we will continue to connect with you as we learn more about the next steps in the uncharted journey.

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