Masking Resources for Parents & Families
The following resources were compiled by our District Administration team to support parents, guardians, and families as we transition to mask-optional in schools beginning March 7, 2022.
Resources for talking to children about change
How to talk to children about face masks
Adapted from "Face Masks and COVID-19: Supporting Children 0-12 Years" on the raisingchildren.net.au website
- Children will have mixed and varying reactions to face masks
- Talking with children about face masks can help
- Children need accurate, age-appropriate information and opportunities to ask questions and talk about feelings
How to help your child digest mask changes and make decisions that make them feel safe and responsible
An Interview with Dr. Colleen Cicchetti, Executive Director of Center for Childhood Resilience, featured on NBC5 Chicago
- Provide open conversation and a safe environment
- Show grace for differences, uncertainty, and mixed emotions
- Students and families might see an increase in anxiety or anxious behaviors
- Know what to do to support your child
- What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious by Dr. Clark Goldstein on the Child Mind Institute website
- Mental Health Coping Skills for Parents - Healthy Minds on the Child Mind Institute website
Support from the Community
- COVID-19 Call Center: 312-227-5300
- Staffed by Lurie Children’s nurses and is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Social workers and child life specialists are available to help parents and caregivers with community referrals or coping resources
- Connect with the Center for Childhood Resilience on Twitter and Facebook, too
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