Local & State Health Services
Mr. Eduardo Bucio
Center for Kids
Keep explanations age-appropriate.
Early elementary students: Brief, simple explanations that balance facts about COVID-19 along with appropriate reassurances that adults are here to keep them safe and healthy. Use the language “adults are working hard to keep you safe”. Give specific examples of the steps we are taking to stop the spread of germs to stay healthy like washing hands, staying home and social distancing.
Upper elementary and early middle school students: This age group will usually ask more questions. They may be more susceptible to rumors so they may need help separating facts from fiction. Discuss with them what our community and national leaders are doing to prevent the virus from spreading.
Upper middle and high school students: Discussions can be more in depth. Refer them to appropriate sources of factual information about COVID-19. Be honest with them about the current status of events surrounding COVID-19. Include them in decision making about your family plans, any schedules being created and helping with chores at home.
Healthy hygiene and lifestyle practices:
o Wash hands multiples times a day, for at least 20 seconds each time. Here are some facts about hand washing: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/wash-your-hands-fact-sheet-508.pdf
o Cover mouths and nose with a tissue, or an elbow, when sneezing or coughing. Throw the tissue away immediately.
o Do not share food or drinks with others.
o Practice giving elbow bumps instead of handshakes.
o Eat a healthy diet, drink lots of water, get enough sleep, and try to exercise regularly. This will build your immune system to fight off any illnesses.
* Keep checking in for updates and new information after the spring break week*
Talking to children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - A parent resource. (February 29, 2020). National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and National Association of School Nurses (NASN). Retrieved from
Click here to see more Coronavirus information for kids, from BrainPop
Click here to see more Coronavirus information for kids, from Julia Cook