IN THE TIME OF COVID-19
March 12, 2020
Dear Holy Angels families,
As Sister Alma stated in her letter, "Holy Angels School and all other schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, will be closing all school buildings March 12- March 25, 2020." This is an advisory from the state and county health officials in order to keep families safe and healthy due to the COVID-19 virus.
Much is being learned about this newly emerged virus. An unexpected school closure and the fear of illness and unexpected change to our daily life schedule can be anxiety producing. As this letter is being sent out, Holy Angels School has no known cases of COVID-19. Closing our school is a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of students and our community. Reassure your child(ren) the health department and school officials are working hard to ensure they stay healthy.
It is important for families to know facts surrounding COVID-19. One way to manage anxiety is to be aware of the facts how to keep oneself safe. There are many misinformation on the news and social media. Information about the virus can be found at:
Children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. Stress and anxiety can weaken immune systems, making it more difficult to fight off illness. It is especially important during this break to increase self-care to decrease stress (Health Plan of San Mateo: Stress Management). Also, using developmentally appropriate language to help children understand what the virus is and the impact, while also reassuring them. There are simple steps to good hygiene (washing hands, cover your cough or sneeze, limiting exposure to those who are sick, etc.) is essential. Giving children a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety. Stay calm and reassuring - here is a helpful video from Child Mind Institute on discussing the COVID-19 to your child(ren): How to talk to kids about the Coronavirus.
Disaster Distress Helpline: 24 hour toll free, 1-800-422-4453
Youth Mental Health: 1-888-568-1112
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: online chat available, 1-800-273-TALK (Spanish-speaking callers 1-888-628-9454)
Star Vista Crisis Hotline: 24 hour crisis hotline, 1-650-579-0350
Parent-to-Parent Counseling Forum
As you know, our school closure has been extended twice. We don't normally see the impact when change is slow; however, these past couple of weeks, we have all experienced sudden changes. These changes are all out of our control and yet, the end is still unclear. This "unknown" can be stressful and anxiety-provoking. We somewhat lose our sense of self. Let's come together and lift each other up! Let's be each other's cheerleaders! In a safe forum we can discuss our current challenges and personal tips and home-life advice. Let's come together to share our experiences, provide input and give guidance to one another.