Rockingham County Schools COVID-19 Emergency Response
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Adult Self Care
As the coronavirus leads to school closures, RCS has had to rapidly thinking about ways to continue supporting children's health, wellbeing, and social-emotional learning at home—while school resumes online.
During this time, it's also critical for us—as school leaders, educators, and parents—to focus on our own social-emotional wellbeing as we look to support the social-emotional development of our students at home. Here are informational resources for you!
Adult Self Care Resources:
Resources for Families, Educators, and our School Communities!
As COVID-19 has impacted our normal school routine, we wanted to provided some resources for you. Please see the links below!
Addressing Social-Emotional Learning Needs for Students During COVID-19 Crisis
- Acknowledge that both children and adults may feel worried or stressed as they’re going through the school and work day. Provide opportunities for them to share and process their emotions, as well as structures that allow them to take individual time to reflect and gather their thoughts. Use existing SEL programs to help provide these opportunities and promote empathy for one another and those most impacted by the virus.
- Support teachers in engaging students in developmentally-appropriate conversations and lessons to discuss the news around COVID-19. This can include assessing facts from misinformation, as well as opportunities for students to develop and suggest strategies for their school or community to prevent the spread of disease.
- Whenever possible, provide consistency in daily school routines. While school closures or changes in schedules may be inevitable, consistent routines and procedures in the meantime help reduce stress and facilitate learning for all students. This is also an opportunity to create new routines that promote healthy practices, such as adding favorite classroom songs to handwashing routines.
- Continue SEL and community-building practices, which help maintain a sense of emotional safety and support. Provide fun alternatives to minimize the spread of germs. For example, if students and teachers typically greet one another with handshakes and high-fives, switch to elbow bumps or footshakes.
Additional Resources for Students and Families:
Behavioral Health Help Line!
Call our RCS Behavior Health Helpline at 336-627-2615!!!
- If your child needs mental health support or consultation, you may call the Behavioral Health Hotline for support between the hours of 1:00-3:00 p.m. beginning March 18, 2020 through April 3, 2020.
- You may call Behavior Health Helpline 336-627-2615 and someone from the RCS Behavioral Health Department will answer between the hours of 1:00-3:00 p.m. beginning March 18, 2020 through April 3, 2020. If you have an emergency, you must call 9-1-1. This is for non-emergency support for mental health.
- Day Treatment Services: If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1. If you need additional support, you may call:
- Day Treatment Crisis Number: 336-520-0903
- Youth Haven Services Crisis Number: 336-344-2367
- For more counseling resources, please click here for additional resources and emergency numbers.
RCS Information Line!
►In addition to the website and Alert Now, there is an established RCS Hot Line:
►District Information Hotline 336-627-2789.
►This number will have a pre-recorded messages for updates and information that can be called for 24/7 at least through April 10, 2020.