A message from Elementary School Counsellor, Angela Hagen:

Hi there, Folks! I hope you are all doing well during this uncertain time, as many of us work and learn from home. I have heard from kids who are checking in with friends via Messenger Kids and other online means, and those who have not been able to connect with their friends at all. This can be a stressful time for everyone.  One of the best ways to deal with being at home during Covid-19, is just to have someone to talk to. I hope that you are all finding ways to connect.

Here is some helpful information from the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Team, and some ways for parents and kids to connect with us:

Angela Hagen (school counsellor): ahagen@sd85.bc.ca  Text: 250-230-7711

            For a counselling check-in visit (for counselling students & new referrals): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4aaaad2daafa7-counselling1

HELPFUL LINKS FOR COPING STRATEGIES & INFO RE COVID-19:

Here is a link to a dad’s Lego video for his kids on Covid-19: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/lego-video-coronavirus-1.5524282

Coping Skills for Kids: Coping Skills for Dealing with the Coronavirus (it also includes strategies for parents)… https://copingskillsforkids.com/coping-with-coronavirus#

Self-Regulation Parent Resources from the Mehrit Centre (Dr. Stuart Shanker): https://self-reg.ca/parent-resources/

GRIEF RESOURCES for Individuals, Parents, Families, and Children

My Grief.ca http://www.mygrief.ca

Kids Grief.ca            https://kidsgrief.ca

Children & Youth Grief Centre  https://www.childrenandyouthgriefnetwork.com

DIVORCE RESOURCES for Parents, Families, and Children

Ways to Help My Kids: https://www.nsfamilylaw.ca/other/ways-help-my-kids

Kids’ Guide to Separation and Divorce: https://www.familieschange.ca

PROVINCE OF BC MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS FOR CHILDREN & YOUTHhttps://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/mental-health-support-in-bc/children-and-youth

KIDS HELP PHONE: https://kidshelpphone.ca

KIDS HELP PHONE during COVID-19: https://kidshelpphone.ca/search/?q=coronavirus

Additional Tools, Tips and Ideas 

Here is also a great link for parents of younger children to get some proactive sexual abuse prevention training. It is also valuable for staff who work with kids, to take.

SIMPLY SAFE KIDS Proactive Parent Courses: https://proactive-parenting.teachable.com

SIMPLY SAFE KIDS – Child Safety (Body Boundaries & Safety),

SIMPLY SAFE KIDS – ADVANCED COURSE (Comprehensive Sexual Abuse Prevention Strategies for Parents of Young Children)