Principal’s message April 23, 2020

At the end of last week I asked every teacher to give me feedback about how the distance learning was going in his/her classroom.  I asked for information about any students who were not participating in “classroom” activities, not turning in work, not engaged in learning.  It was wonderful to discover that virtually all of our children are “present” although that term means different things in different grades and different classes.  The most important thing is that our students are still connected to school, to their teachers, and to their classmates.  Thank you all for helping to facilitate this learning and these connections; I know you are behind the scenes every day making it happen.  None of you signed up to homeschool your children, just like none of your children’s teachers signed up to teach remotely.  But here we are, and it’s wonderful to see everyone rising to the occasion!

Our school psychologist, Alana Willhite, recently shared some resources with me; I am passing them along to you in hopes that you may find them helpful.

The district has created a website with links to mental health and other resources for families here:

https://sites.google.com/wccusd.net/wcc-elearning/familiesfamilias/community-resources-recursos-comunitarios?authuser=0

Here is a link from the National Association of School Psychologists on helping children cope with changes due to COVID-19:

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/helping-children-cope-with-changes-resulting-from-covid-19

Two psychologists are offering a series “Parenting through COVID-19,” streamed on Facebook at 7 a.m. Pacific on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, focusing on sharing coping strategies and emotion regulation skills to aid parents in dealing with the current crisis and upheaval of parents’ and children’s lives.:

http://www.dbtinschools.com