Caring School Community Corner 2/6/20

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 12:33pm

While change can bring new opportunities and great possibilities, it can also be accompanied with some challenges and unpleasant feelings. Please check out the HCPSS page dedicated to supporting students through the recent attendance area adjustments. The following strategies can be useful in helping your child(ren) navigate any big transition:

  • Have an open conversation
  • Listen to your child’s excitement AND concern
  • Offer choices, when possible, surrounding the change ("Would you like to go explore the playground at your new school this weekend or over the summer?  Would you like to explore the school and teachers on their website? How would you like to keep in touch with old friends?")
  • Allow your child(ren) to be upset (“I know you are feeling sad, change can be hard. It is OK to feel upset.”)
  • Focus on the positive (“While you may feel sad to leave friends behind and uneasy about meeting new people, this can also be an opportunity to make new friends.”)

If your child is in need of additional support during this time, please reach out to your school counselor for assistance. Additionally, please keep an eye out for welcome meetings, events, and information being hosted by many schools to assist families with this process.