March 19, 2020
Dear East Meadow Families,
In these times of uncertainty, we understand that our students may be in need of additional support and stability. As parents, it is important to remain consistent in your message of safety, structure and overall calmness. Please be mindful of questions that your child may ask and answer them as honest as you can, keeping their age and level of understanding in mind. Limiting exposure to news media and social media may be in everyone’s best interest in order to protect your emotional and mental mindset. Remember, the mind of a child is like a sponge; they will soak up your fears, so please be mindful of your conversations and what your children hear and see.
Even though there is panic and hysteria that comes out of a situation like this, it still allows us to slow down and be able to spend time with family that an otherwise busy lifestyle may not allow. Please use this time to reconnect with family members by going back to basics; family dinners, board games, household activities and outside exercise while maintaining routine and structure. Keep dialogues going and lean on each other for support.
If you have concerns or questions as this continues to unfold, please do not hesitate to utilize your building social worker for additional support or resources. We have a collaboration of helpful resources that may be beneficial for your family during this stressful time. If you find that you are in need of immediate emotional assistance, the Long Island Crisis Center is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day at (516) 679-1111 or talk text to 741741.
Please continue to stay safe. We are all in this together.
The East Meadow School Social Workers
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