Attending to students' social-emotional needs is critical at all times. The COVID-19 pandemic and the health and safety procedures it has necessitated make these needs even more pronounced.
Even though we will not be conducting classes in school buildings to start the school year, Rockwood School District is still committed to maintaining a multi-tiered system of support that provides for the emotional, social, behavioral and physical needs of each student. Our students will also have daily chances to interact with their teachers and classmates on Zoom calls.
Still, it is natural for everyone -- students and parents alike -- to feel a sense of isolation and loneliness during these unusual times.
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, are some ways to help your children feel socially connected to their classmates, even when they're physically apart:
- Prioritize scheduled chatting with teachers and classmates: All Rockwood students, from pre-K through 12th grade, will have time built into their school days to connect with their teachers and classmates via live Zoom calls. School social workers, counselors and social-emotional behavior specialists are also here to help students in a variety of ways.
- Encourage small-group video playdates: In small groups via video chat, children can engage in such activities as singing songs, playing with the filters available on video chat platforms, playing show-and-tell, sharing a snack, reading to each other, or playing a game or watching a movie together.
- Find new ways to say a socially distanced "hello" outdoors: When meeting up with a friend out of the house, you can encourage your child to make up their own special “hello” dances, make a heart shape with their hands, put their hands on their hearts and give them a few pats, blow kisses or wrap their arms around their own bodies and give themselves hugs while pretending they’re hugging the other person.