A message from our Guidance Department

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Guidance Department is committed to providing you with the necessary support and academic advisement throughout the school closing via your Holy Cross Gmail. When you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of an infectious disease such as COVID-19, you may feel anxious and show signs of stress.

Many parents are wondering how to bring up the virus in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. However, children also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety (nasponline.org).

It is important to frame school closure as a positive measure in preventing the spread of the virus. Establishing a daily routine will help create a calm environment in which your child can be productive. This will further encourage a confidence in their ability to handle transitions and manage stressful situations.

If at any time you feel you are unable to assist your child in managing his/her anxiety, please contact your doctor and/or utilize the NYC Well website for additional online support https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us. I have attached a few helpful articles to assist you and your family during this uncertain time. It is our hope that our need for closure will be brief and that we will have a seamless transition back to the school campus.

Sincerely,

The Holy Cross Guidance Department 
Mary Anne Kelleher mkelleher@myhchs.org
Anthony Manta amanta@myhchs.org
Christine Prete cprete@myhchs.org
Maryanne Schillinger mschillinger@myhchs.org

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/healt h-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

https://www.cdc.gov