Vista Oaks Charter School

May 15, 2020

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Virtual Curriculum Extravaganza

May 18-20

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Tips for Parents

Stress and Coping: the Outbreak of COVID-19

Tips for Parents of Young Children

The outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 has been stressful for many adults, youth, and children. The fear and anxiety can be overwhelming for many of us.

Watch for Changes in your Young Children:

· Increased irritability, aggressiveness.

· Excessive worry or sadness.

· Sleep disturbances, nightmares.

· Clinginess.

· Returning to behaviors they had outgrown:

* For example, toileting accidents, bedwetting, thumbsucking.

· Difficulty with attention and concentration. Poor school participation.

· Avoidance of activities they previously enjoyed.

· Loss of appetite.

· Unusual headaches, stomach aches, or other pain.

How to Help Your Young Children:

· Talk with your young children about the COVID-19 outbreak.

o Provide accurate, age-appropriate information.

o Answer your children’s questions and address rumors.

o Limit exposure to media and social media coverage.

o Remain calm as you reassure your children:

§ It’s okay to feel upset.

§ We can stay safe.

§ Share your own coping skills.

· Listen to your children and their concerns.

· Try to maintain regular routines in your home.

· Help your children to stay physically active.

· Help your children to stay socially connected to family and friends.

· Encourage your children to ask for help and support.

· Set a good example of taking care of yourself.

How to Care for Yourself:

· Care for your own physical health and mental health. Take breaks. Unwind.

· Connect with others.

· Stay informed while avoiding excessive attention on news media.

· Reach out for help and support.


For more information or for support for yourself or others 24/7:

contact the Contra Costa Crisis Center.

Call 2-1-1 or 1-800-833-2900. Text HOPE to 20121.

This information comes from the Centers for Disease Control:

Go to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

www.crisis-center.org See also: www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/coping-with-stress

Stress and Coping: the Outbreak of COVID-19

Tips for Parents of Teens.

The outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 has been stressful for many adults, teens, and children. The fear and anxiety can be overwhelming for many of us.

Watch for Changes in your Teen:

· Increased irritability, arguments, anger, conflicts, “acting out” behaviors.

· Excessive anxiety, worry, sadness, and unhealthy sleeping habits.

· Returning to behaviors your teen had outgrown: for example, tantrums or outbursts.

· Difficulty paying attention and concentrating.

· Poor school participation, especially with the shelter-in-place and online learning.

· Avoidance of activities your teen had previously enjoyed.

· Loss of appetite and other unhealthy eating habits.

· Unusual headaches, stomach aches, or other pain.

· Using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.

· If your teen was already struggling before the shelter-in-place order, the new stress of the current situation could make life even more difficult for your teen.

How to Help Your Teen:

· Talk with your teen about the COVID-19 outbreak.

o Provide accurate and factual information.

o Answer your teen’s questions and address rumors.

o Limit your teen’s exposure to news media and social media coverage.

o Remain calm as you reassure your teen:

§ We can stay safe.

§ It’s okay to feel upset. Share your own coping skills.

· Listen to your teen and their concerns, while trying to maintain regular routines in your home.

· Include your teen in decision-making about family plans and household chores.

· Help your teen to stay physically active and socially connected.

· Encourage your teen to develop projects that might help others.

· Encourage your teen to reach out to others for help and support.

o Contact the Contra Costa Crisis Center anytime, 24/7.

o Call 2-1-1 or 1-800-833-2900 or text HOPE to 20121.

· Set a good example of taking care of yourself.

How to Care for Yourself:

· Care for your own physical health and mental health. Take breaks. Unwind.

· Connect with others.

· Stay informed, while avoiding excessive attention to news media.

· Reach out for help and support.


For more information or for support for yourself or others 24/7:

contact the Contra Costa Crisis Center.

Call 2-1-1 or 1-800-833-2900. Text HOPE to 20121.

This information comes from the Centers for Disease Control:

Go to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

www.crisis-center.org See also: www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/coping-with-stress

Distance Learning at Vista Oaks

We need your help with more pictures and videos.

We'd love for YOU to share content with us for the future weekly updates! If you'd like to share something in the weekly update, please email us any of the following:


1. Text to share: You can send me a paragraph about what this new shelter-in-place homeschooling has been like for you.

2. Pictures: We'd love to see pictures of what you're doing and learning about at home. For me to be able to include pictures, they must be sent in jpeg or pdf format.

3. Short Video clips: These videos should be one minute or less in length and should be sent via a link from one of the following platforms: YouTube or Vimeo.

4. Student work: You can send pictures of this or student articles to add, or even special art work to share.

5. Inspiration or encouragement. This is welcome in any form!


We will take all of the content we get and may save some for future updates, so if you don't see your contribution right away, keep looking for it weekly.


Please be creative and have fun with this. We think it will bring joy to us all to get to see each other's faces and connect through the update each week.


All submissions can be emailed to estella.freeman@vistaoaks.net

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