Jordan School District is committed to ensuring that students and families are offered support throughout this unique time. Please know that it is normal for students and families to feel anxious or stressed, especially while experiencing so many unexpected changes.
Along with your school’s staff, the District is committed to supporting your family’s health and well-being. That’s why we have compiled this resource page to help address some of the main concerns regarding COVID-19 as well as some ideas for how to make the most of your home-centered life.
For more information and additional resources, please visit wellness.jordandistrict.org.
- To find ideas on talking to your children about COVID-19 refer to these tips from Intermountain Healthcare. It is good to talk openly and honestly with children while sticking to the facts and stating what we DO know about the virus because misinformation and rumors can add to feelings of anxiousness.
- Continue to build relationships as students and families and stay social while following the guidelines on social distancing. This can be through social media, video chats, and also in-person conversations, board games, or activities with parents and siblings who may have not had time together at home like they do now.
- Find uplifting and entertaining, books, shows, games, and music and remember that checking the news every few hours will only heighten anxiety. It’s important to take a break from the news and families could consider scheduling & limiting your check-ins to once or twice daily (morning and evening) so that you are able to make the most of your home-centered life.
- Establish healthy routines as this is essential to reducing stress. Keeping a routine for sleeping, eating, exercising, studying, and playing can help reduce the stress of change. Students and families will adjust to the new routine much more easily if it is predictable.
- Help students stay productive and goal-oriented in their new routine by dedicating time to schoolwork, projects at home, and personal goals (like learning how to play an instrument or cook a meal).
- Try making a list of things you still can do that you would enjoy (both individually and as a family), like a “social distancing bucket list,” as this home-centered life may be an opportunity to develop a new hobby, relationship, or skill that you didn’t have time for before it happened.
- Start a gratitude journal, because even though there is much change, recognizing what has gone well can help reduce stress and anxiety. Another practice of gratitude could be to take the time to write letters or emails to people who have made a positive impact in your life.
- Continue to take care of your family’s physical health by eating regularly (please come by one of our schools for meals as needed), sleeping at least 8 hours, getting physical activity, exercise, and sunlight.
We hope that each of you can stay healthy and well during this unique time. We are stronger together and we want to stay connected and supportive as a District along with your school teams.