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Daily Routine

Now that we've got a few days of Forward Learning under our belt, I wanted to remind you of the benefits of daily routine for children (and adults).


Kids thrive on routine and predictability in order to feel safe, and this is especially important during a time of crisis. For this uncertain time, it is important to create order, with some flexibility, in your days as soon as possible. Some helpful tips include:


  • Set up a scheduled that involves regular times for bathing, eating, schoolwork/learning activities, and socializing.
  • Maintain a set time for going to sleep, and the same bedtime routine your kids are used to. There is room for some flexibility - but a general structure and flow to the day that kids can expect will help both you and your children.
  • Focus on schoolwork in reasonable increments. Get guidance from your teacher regarding how much time is expected to be dedicated to schoolwork. Beyond schoolwork, children learn a lot through playing, doing hands-on projects, baking, playing board games, going for a walk and noticing nature, digging in the yard, building legos, etc.
  • Build in time to let off steam. This is a stressful time for everyone - nobody is used to this! So get outside, play games, have a dance party, whatever you need to do in order to let it out!
  • Cut your kids some slack - this is a time to practice giving your kids some grace. No one is perfect, and there are bound to be difficult times ahead. Ignore that you can ignore, and address those behaviors in which you really need to intervene.
  • Everyone will need space - you will need space from your kids, and they will need space from you. If you can create pockets of the day for alone/quiet/independent time, please do.
  • Get outside if possible - fresh air can do wonders!
  • If you are working from home, relax your standards. We have to find ways to make this work. Perhaps this means allowing more screen time than usual, accepting that the house won't be as clean as you like, or making dinner more basic so you don't have to stress about prep or cleanup. You have work to do and that is going to be very challenging with your kids at home. So as we are allowing our kids additional grace, allow yourself grace to let some things go, within reason.
  • Kids like to feel that they have an important role. Help them understand that this is an unusual time, an we all need to pitch in to get through it. If they don't have chores, this is a great time to start. Make them a daily part of their routine and let them know they are helping the family by pitching in.
  • Find ways to make special memories. Take this time to make memories with your kids that they will look back on and remember during this time. Do something to acknowledge that this time is different, to allow a new, special tradition to take root in your child's mind.

4 Bee Rules at Home

You can teach your child to show the 4 Bee Rules at home through the following ideas:


Be RESPONSIBLE

  • Create a work area at home

  • Know your class meeting time

  • Be on time for class

  • Be ready with supplies

    • Chromebook/computer

    • Pencil and paper

Be a WORKER

  • Be awake and ready for class

  • Focus on the teacher/speaker

  • Show whole body listening

  • Follow teacher directions

  • Participate in class activities

  • Ask for help and keep trying

Be RESPECTFUL

  • “Mute” your screen during class

  • Raise your hand to speak

  • Wait your turn “Unmute” to speak

  • Control your body and your face

  • Show a positive attitude

  • Show good manners

Be a FRIEND

  • Smile and be friendly

  • Be kind and think of others

  • Take turns and share

  • Be helpful and show you care

  • Use nice words to give a compliment

Help with Food and Basic Necessities

Help is being offered through the York Suburban Education Foundation/Impact Foundation. We are blessed to have a strong, active group of volunteers helping connect families to resources within our own district. Learn more about the YSEF here.

Use this link to the Impact Foundation COVID-19 page where you can learn about how to get help with food and basic household necessities.

Mental Health and Community Resources


PA Mental Health Support Line: 1-855-284-2494 (TTY: 724-631-5600)


York County Crisis Intervention: York Hospital (717) 851-5320 or 1-800-673-2496

  • Wellspan/Philhaven 717-632-4900


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)


Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454


Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741


Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)


Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990


Get Help Now Hotline (for substance use disorders): 1-800-662-4357


Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Helpline – 1-888-772-7227


National Domestic Violence Helpline – 1-800-799-7233


Childline (for suspected child abuse/neglect) - 1-800-932-0313


MH/MR - 1-717-741-9618


Olivia’s House (for grieving children and families) - 1-717-699-1133


FIRST (free information and referral system) - 1-717-755-1000


York Food Bank - 717-846-6435

Previously Supplied Resources

Helping Kids Who are Worried About Coronavirus by Counselor Keri

30 things to do for your emotional health

Lego Challenge Calendar

Ready for Anything by Keiko Kasza

Howard B Wigglebottom Learns it's OK to Back Away by Howard Binkow

When I'm Feeling Disappointed by Trace Moroney

I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black

When I feel sad **turn off volume and read this one to your child**

Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety - Shine, Inc

Anxiety Canada

Supporting Families During COVID19 - Child Mind Institute

COVID-19 Well Being Toolkit and Resources - Center for Healthy Minds

25 Mental Health Wellness Tips

PBS: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus - Ideas for talking to your children and links to relevant clips from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Sesame Street, Curious George and Super Why.

Time to Come in, Bear - Kidshealth.org offers this short video to help young children understand social distancing.