Our school counselors are available to help during the COVID-19 Crisis and beyond. Please do not hesitate to contact your school counselor via phone or email for support.
UPDATE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2020:
The opening of the 2020-2021 school year will be a new experience for the entire BASD Learning Community. We recognize that students and families may experience a range of emotions from excitement to anxiety as they prepare for the return to school. The nervous excitement many students experience at the start of any school year may be heightened as they prepare to reconnect with friends, meet new teachers and classmates and resume learning through virtual, in-person, or hybrid settings.
While much uncertainty surrounds the reopening of school, we know that social and
emotional learning (SEL) will be critical to re-engaging students, supporting families, rebuilding relationships, and creating a foundation for academic learning. To enhance existing foundations of our students and families, BASD teachers and staff will be spending the first few weeks for school building connections, relationships, and resiliency skills (CASEL, 2020). Throughout the summer, teachers participating in our SEL committees have spent time creating social emotional learning activities for students that will be used throughout the year.
If you are looking for resources to help prepare you and your family for the return to school, please feel free to explore the ones offered below:
Psychology Today presents Tips for Parents to Help their Kids Return to School. In this article, the importance of early communication related to back to school is shared. The author explains why it is important to begin talking about what returning to school will look like and possible stressors that may arise. Additionally, the author shares the important role that
parents play in normalizing emotions and teaching, not protecting, children to cope with life stressors and challenges.
Back to School Tips for Parents from the Child Mind Institute. This post details struggles that students with and without learning differences may face when returning back to school.
Highlighted are the importance of building relationships with teachers, the importance of a dedicated homework time and routine, mental health issues that may emerge, and the importance of positive modeling and open communication.
Back-to-School Resources for Parents from Edutopia provides a large array of resources for families. Included you will find articles, podcasts, and videos on topics ranging from transitions to priming brains to engage in new learning for a new school year.
FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2020:
Over the past month, there has been a significant amount of news, publications, social media, etc. that our students and families have been exposed to that can bring about many questions, thoughts, and feelings.
If you are seeking tools to discuss equity, race, and recent protests with your child(ren), we hope you find these resources helpful.
The Association for Psychological Science provides strategies to talk to your child(ren) at each age level in developmentally appropriate ways.
The BASD has worked with the Anti-Defamation League since 2006 on various initiatives. We are happy to provide you with their Parent, Family, and Caregiver Resource.
Who doesn't enjoy a good picture book? Picture books can help spark conversations with children, and young adults Embrace Race offers, 20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good.
As always, your school counselors are here to help. If desired, please reach out to your child's school counselor for additional support and resources. We hope you have an enjoyable summer, and we will see you in the 2020-2021 school year.
NEW: July 1, 2020: July School Counseling, SEL, and Health & Wellness Newsletter
Playing for Change Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. This site was recommended to us by one of our SEL trainers and plays a different role in lives of many of our BASD team.