Some of you may be wondering how to talk with your child about the uncertainty of the next little while and/or COVID-19 specifically. The most important part of any communication is to be honest but give information at a developmentally appropriate level. Remember, it's okay to say you don't have an answer. Remind your child that there are adults who are trained to help. Try to model calm, even though you may be feeling anything but!
The New Jersey Department of Health now has a 24-hour hotline where questions regarding COVID-19 can be addressed. If you have any questions or need additional information, please call the hotline at 1-800-222-1222. You can also visit their website: https://www.nj.gov/health/
This article was drafted by the National Association of School Nurses and the National Association of School Psychologists, to help giving guidelines on how to talk about COVID-19.https://www.pbs.org/parents/
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