COVID-19 Related Resources
First and foremost, please adhere to the CDC guidelines and stay safe and healthy! Below are some resources to help you during this pandemic.
District and Community Resources
- SCASD's COVID-19 Resource Page
- Student Services Helpful Info -- Includes information on how to talk with your child about Coronavirus
- How Do I Get Help? -- Please visit this site and complete the Needs Assessment if you or your family have unmet needs regarding food, transportation, internet, mental health support, counseling, child care, translation services, etc.
- How Can I Help? -- Please complete this Google Form if you're available to provide support, contactless transportation, or donations to SCASD families
- Community Resources -- Unemployment, DMV, Food Services, Internet, etc
- Public Wireless Internet Access
- Newletters from SCASD's Behavior Specialists
- Newsletter #1: Setting Up a Traditional Learning Area & Creating Schedules
- Newsletter #2: Token Systems & Creating a Reward Menu
- Newsletter #3: Making Zoom Learning Fun
- Newsletter #4: Sensory Walkway at Home
- Newsletter #5: More Sensory Tools
- Newsletter #6: ABCs of Behavior
- Newsletter #7: Positive Reinforcement
- Newsletter #8: Schoolwork without a Fight
- Newsletter #9: Importance of a Summer Routine
- Newsletter #10: Encouraging Sibling Relationships
- YMCA Weekend Food Backpacks
- Free Positive Parenting Program Workshops
- Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP): Centre County will be receiving federal funds, through the PA Department of Human Services, to provide rental and utility assistance to households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is called the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) and will be administered through Centre County Government's Office of Adult Services. We expect this program to open Spring 2021, but are awaiting additional instruction, training, and direction from the State. In the meantime, we are planning, building a team, and beginning outreach efforts.
As this program rolls out, please visit our website at www.centrecountypa.gov/
rentrelief We will keep this website up-to-date with information re: start date, application process, eligibility guidelines, etc. once everything is in place.
ERAP will be able to assist eligible households with rent arrears, future rent (3 month increments), and utility assistance for up to 12-months, for as far back as March 2020. There is no cap to how much a household can receive in assistance; however, this assistance cannot exceed the 12-month period and/or the household's max cost of rent and/or utilities. Income eligibility is 80% Area Median Income (AMI).
Support from Mrs. Myers
Virtual Academy and Remote students are able to meet with Mrs. Myers individually on Google Meet. They should complete an "I Need to See the Counselor" self referral form under the "I Need to Talk with Mrs. Myers" tab. Once the session is booked, Mrs. Myers will contact you or the student with a Google Meet link. Please adhere to this virtual meeting etiquette for counseling sessions to protect the confidential and trusting relationship between the student and counselor:
- Remember, people can see you and what’s behind you if your camera is on.
- Others can hear you if you have your microphone on.
- Use headphones to protect confidentiality. (If headphones are a financial barrier, contact Mrs. Myers.)
- Virtual backgrounds can be used if you don’t want to display your home area.
- Families can request audio-only.
- Families can choose to not show the child’s image.
- Help your child enter the meeting on time as their may be other sessions scheduled immediately following theirs.
- Creating a sign that says “In Class” for your door can help communicate to your family that you are on a call.
- Protect your child's confidentiality by providing a private and quiet space for them to meet with the counselor.
- Please only have the student logged in to the call.
In addition to the resources above, here are some resources that Mrs. Myers found helpful. To determine if you feel these would be helpful for your own children, please preview prior to sharing.
Resources to Share with Children about Coronavirus:
- Why Can't I Go To School Social Story
- Time to Come In, Bear: A Children's Story About Social Distancing
- Brainpop Video about Coronavirus
- Caroline Conquers Her Corona Fears -- A story about a little girl understanding the Coronavirus and finding some coping skills to manage her strong feelings around it
- Sesame Street Health Emergencies -- Activities, Articles, and Videos
- Other Sesame Street Resources
- Growing Friendships During the Coronavirus -- A Kid's Guide to Staying Close to Friends While Being Apart
- Right Now, I am Fine -- Picture Book Read Aloud of managing anxiety during Covid-19
How To Respond to Coronavirus Racism
Coping with Stress & Anxiety and Self Care:
- Self Care for the Care Givers -- Live and Recorded classes from Dr. Peter Montminy
- Parenting During Coronavirus: You are Enough
- Your Only Goal is to Arrive -- An outlook on parenting during pandemic
- Coronavirus Anxiety: Coping with stress, fear, and uncertainty
- Stress and Coping from the CDC
- How You and Your Children Can De-Stress During Coronavirus
- Understanding Stress in Children
- Coping During COVID-19: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
- The Emotional Health of Our Children
- Stay Positive Action Plan by Jon Gordon
- Dealing with Anxiety -- Parent Tip Sheet
- Dealing with Depression -- Parent Tip Sheet
- Social Work License Map
- Free counseling services offered by the Herr Clinic for families and caregivers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect
- Mindfulness Classes
- Mind Yeti -- Guided Mindfulness Sessions that are created by Committee for Children, the creators of Second Step, our classroom guidance social-emotional learning program
- Calm Breathing Practice
- Breathe 4 Change Family Resource Guide on Family Wellness
- Anxiety and Mental Health from PSU Libraries
Resources to Continue Social-Emotional Learning and Practice:
- Creating a Calm-Down Corner
- Zones of Regulation Info
- Please email email@example.com for Zones of Regulation newsletters
- Second Step Resources -- Links to set up your Family account on the Second Step website so that you can share sing-a-longs and other Second Step activities with your student
- PBIS Home Matrix and PBIS at Home Recommendations
Parenting During COVID-19:
- A Mindful Village -- Resources from Dr. Peter Montminy
- Five Helpful Responses for Families
- SAMHSA Talking with Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infections Disease Outbreak
- Families in Schools -- Coronavirus Resources
- Helping Children through the Disruption -- PSU Live Webinar 5/12/20
- Creating a Peaceful Environment for Children -- PSU Webinar
- Slowing Down During the Pandemic
- Helping Children Deal with Anger During the Pandemic
- Helping Children with Sad Times During the Pandemic
- Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19 -- National Association of School Psychologists
- Working from Home? Kids Home Too!
- 9 Ways to Cope with Working at Home with Kids Underfoot
- Managing Meltdowns Webinar from Dr. Peter Montminy
- For Grandparents raising Grandchildren that are interested in a Grandfamilies Group that covers topics such as finances, custody/guardianship, grief support, education, or discipline, please contact Amy Mitchell at (814) 880-7454 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Grandparents raising Grandchildren that need support with technology or computers, please contact Amy Wilson or Tracy Roth with the Mid-State Literacy Council at (814) 238-1809 or email@example.com
- CovEd -- undergrad-led initiative to connect K-12 students with undergraduate and postgraduate students for free virtual tutoring during these months
- Free Online Tutoring
- Setting Up a Home Classroom
- Dealing with Attention Problems -- Parent Tip Sheet
- Dealing with Academic Problems -- Parent Tip Sheet
- Providing Assistance with Schoolwork (PAWS) Program through Nittany Lions Read/Nittany Lions Count -- Dedicated to offering “homework help and support” to the children and families of the surrounding communities. The P.A.W.S. Project employs eligible and qualified Penn State Students to engage remotely with third through eighth grade children to provide individualized homework support in the areas of literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mental Health Moment (Provided by Effective School Solutions)
Mental Health Moment #33
Ways to Build Compassion as a Family
Submitted by Vanessa Boykewich, ESS Clinician
Research shows that helping others can be a great way of improving our own moods, though we know that doing so during a pandemic can take a bit of creativity!
Ways to Build Compassion as a Family
Decorate a box or jar to be a piggy bank for loose change, and decide where you will donate the money once it's full
Ask each other “Who have you helped today?” and “Who has helped you today?”- this can be a great daily or weekly habit!
Research what food items a local food pantry is in need of, and add some to your grocery list
Make “Thank you” cards for essential workers, or a thank you sign for your yard or window
Make “Feel Better” cards for extended family members or friends that aren’t feeling their best physically or emotionally
Ask each family member to identify one friend / classmate / neighbor that they haven't spoken to since self-isolation began, then reach out and ask how they’ve been doing
Gather clothes, sheets and towels to donate to people and animals in need
Mental Health Hotlines
* 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
* Center for Community Resources - 1-855-284-2494
* Centre County Crisis Service - 1-800-643-5432