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Social Emotional Learning Toolbox for Children & Teens Newburgh enlarged city school district’s guide to social emotional wellness during times of stress

Created by NECSD SEL Team Members: Patricia Lofaro, School Counselor; Carrie Frost, School Social Worker; Susan Barringer, School Counselor; La'Shawn Martinez, School Counselor; Jason Michalek, School Counselor; Michael Regan, Supervisor of Exceptional Learners

In response to recent events regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Newburgh Enlarged City School District has prepared an online toolbox to support students and families in coping with social and environmental stress. The following SEL toolbox contains useful information, tools, and resources to support your children in understanding and managing difficult emotions that may arise during this time, while remaining active and engaged in social emotional learning activities.

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19?)

Check out this video to learn more!

This is a time where you might see and hear a lot of information online, in the news, and when talking with family, neighbors and friends.
Not all information you see and hear may be correct-it is important to know the facts.
Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about the Coronavirus.

Myth Busters

It is important to remember that people who do not live in or have not recently been in an area of ongoing spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, or have not been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not at greater risk of spreading COVID-19 than other Americans.

Stigma hurts everyone by creating fear or anger towards other people. Stigma affects the emotional or mental health of stigmatized groups and the communities they live in.

People can fight stigma and help, not hurt, others by providing social support. Counter stigma by learning and sharing facts. Communicating the facts that:

VIRUSES DO NOT TARGET SPECIFIC RACIAL OR ETHNIC GROUPS!

What can I do when I'm feeling worried or stressed?

Kids and adults can feel stress in different ways. Stress can affect not only our feelings, but also our bodies.

Stress is what you feel when you are worried or uncomfortable about something. This worry in your mind can make your body feel bad. You may feel angry, frustrated, scared, or afraid- which can give you a stomachache or a headache.

Watch the video below to learn more about stress.

What is stress?

What is mindfulness?

WILL YOU ACCEPT THE MINDFULNESS CHALLENGE?

Look below and choose AT LEAST 1 helpful tool to use EVERY DAY for the next 3 WEEKS!

MINDFULNESS CHALLENGE FOR GRADES K-2

MINDFULNESS CHALLENGE FOR PRE-TEENS AND TEENS

Click on the links below to download free mindfulness and self-regulation apps for your electronic devices:

Many of these apps include useful tools to help you fall asleep!

WHAT CAN I DO TO TAKE CARE OF MY SOCIAL EMOTIONAL WELLNESS?

GET MOVING TO MANAGE STRESS!

Did you know?

Regular exercise improves your mood and relaxes you!

3 WEEK MOVEMENT CHALLENGE

Challenge yourself to find at least 1 activity per day as an alternative to digital screen time!
Helpful tricks and tools to stay active at home!

Physical Activities for Elementary Grades K-5

Read below for a message from Fluency & Fitness:

Physical Activities for Teens Grades 6-12

IN RESPONSE TO A LARGE NUMBER OF SCHOOL CLOSINGS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19), THE FOLLOWING LIST HAS BEEN CREATED WHICH INCLUDES LINKS TO EDUCATION COMPANIES OFFERING FREE SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR RESOURCES, LESSONS, AND ACTIVITIES!

WHERE CAN I GO AND WHO CAN I CALL WHEN I NEED HELP?

It is natural to have many questions and feelings during emotionally stressful times. Remember to talk with a trusted friend or adult about how you are feeling.

Local and National Help Numbers and Hotlines

1-800-273-TALK (National Suicide Prevention Hotline)

1-845-391-1000 (Text-4-Teens: A Teen to Teen text support hotline)

1-888-750-2266 (Mobile Mental Health Hotline)

1-877-YOUTHLINE (968-8454) (Teen-to-Teen Counseling Hotline)

1-800-832-1200 (OC Mental Health Association Helpline)

Community Based Organizations & Resources

Access Supports for Living- Walk in Clinic in Newburgh, NY: 845-562-7244

Orange County Department of Mental Health- Child and Family Clinic: 845-568-5260

Cornerstone Family Health Center: 845-563-8000

Department of Social Services 845-291-2002

Independent Living: 845-565-1162

Mental Health Association: 845-342-2400

PARENT TOOLBOX

Find helpful tools and resources for parents to talk with their children and seek out support if needed:

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

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

https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors/professional-development/learn-more/coronavirus-resources

https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/

https://nyssswa.org/crisis-response/coronavirus-school-response-resources/

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources

https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4885.pdf