Coronavirus Help for Parents - how to help your children deal

As we are all concerned with dealing with this situation, it is hard to know what to tell our children and how to help them deal with the stress and anxiety that they may be feeling at this time.  National Association of School Psychologists has put out this resource to help us help our children through this.  You can read their tips here:   https://tinyurl.com/HealthyBulldogs  

Additional Resources:
https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4885.pdf

Video:   https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/


Comcast Offering reduced internet rates for families that apply during coronavirus outbreak:

https://www.wxyz.com/news/national/coronavirus/comcast-offering-internet-essentials-package-free-for-60-months-during-coronavirus-outbreak

 

Prince William Family Recharge: Free Child Care
Has your family been adversely impacted by COVID-19? Do you have a child with special needs? If so, you may be eligible for FREE child care services!  Child Care Interest Information
 


* Social Media Confusing?
  PWC Office of Student Services has developed a website for parents, teachers and students to get more information on the issues with Social Media in our lives today. Follow this link for a wealth of information!




Specialty Program Brochures
Follow this link to view the Middle School and High School Specialty Program brochures.
https://www.pwcs.edu/cms/one.aspx?portalid=340225&pageid=884475

MOST APPLICATIONS ARE DUE FEB 1, 2021
(Go to the individual school's website for more information)



Helping Children Cope with Natural Disasters
While thankfully Prince William County was spared much of the serious damage from Hurricane Sandy, others around us were not so fortunate. With the continuous news coverage on TV, radio and internet, children are exposed to much of the damage left by the storm. Some things that parents can do to help their children deal with these events are:

• Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
• Limit exposure to television and the news.
• Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
• Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.
• Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but sometimes bad things happen.
• Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
• Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.

For more resources and information, see the folder below entitled "Helping Children Cope With Natural Disasters" Please don't hesitate to contact your child's School Counselor for more information.



Support for Students for Homes lost to Foreclosure

If your family owned its home and lost it to foreclosure, or if you family was renting and the landlord lost it to foreclosure, and you are now living in a temporary situation, your school aged children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the McKinney-Vento Act. For more information, contact your child's school counselor. Other information is available at www.serve.org/nche/ibt/parent_res.php or call National Center for Homelessness Education 1.800.308.2145.



Point of Hope Camp
A fun and therapeutic weekend retreat for children, teens, and adults who have recently lost a loved one. This camp helps campers of all ages work through their grief and develop skills to cope with their loss. For more information, see the complete flier in the "Summer Programs" section.




Resources for you ......

Food Basket.pngCurbside Pickup for Weekly Grocery Kits - all students welcome

PWCS will continue to prepare and serve food throughout the first quarter at 56 feeding sites (see below). Grocery supplements will be distributed using appropriate social distancing and minimal personal contact. All food is free of charge to students age 18 and younger.  For more information, go to Meal Information   or https://www.pwcs.edu/news/what_s_new/to-go_meals_available_free_during_closure


PWCS Office of Student Service
s:  www.pwcs.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=340225&pageId=753640
Information available on Academic and Career Plan, Social Media tips, Military Connected Support, Transition to High School, and a wealth of other programs available to your child!


Mental Health Resources:         

PWC Child Protective Services Hotline        703.792.4200

PWC Police Non-Emergency Number          703.792.6500

PWC Community Services Board 
                703.792.7800

ACTS Helpline                                              703.368.4141

1.800.SUICIDE (24 hour hotline)                1.800.784.2433

Crisis Text Hotline (24 hour hotline)           703.940.0888

SAMHSA's Helpline:       www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline   or call 1.800.662.HELP (4357)

Crisis Call Center:       http://crisiscallcenter.org   or call 1.800.273.8225, or text "ANSWER" to 839863

Crisis Text Line:         www.crisistextline.org/  or text "START" to 741-741

 

 

http://www.militarychild.org - Support for children who have parents in the National Guard and reserves
http://www.operationmilitarykids.org - Issues of children of armed forces members