Dear NCPS Community,
As the ongoing COVID-19 situation continues to evolve locally and globally, many in our school community are understandably worried about possible ramifications in our schools. Please know that we are in constant contact with local and state Departments of Health, in alignment with the CDC and state guidelines, and that we are committed to closely monitoring the situation and swiftly adjusting as new information becomes available. We are informed and prepared, and will regularly share information and updates with you as this situation continues to unfold. While it is understandable to be somewhat fearful given the constant flow of information available through the media, we urge you, instead, to be cautious (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html), and to be prepared (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html).
Given the ubiquitous nature of the news, your children may have questions or concerns about the situation as well. National Public Radio (NPR) has created a helpful cartoon that demonstrates how you can approach this conversation with your children, and if you open the attached PDF file you will find a robust list of guidelines for communication as well. Additionally, the National Association of School Psychologists has created an excellent resource, "Talking to Children about COVID-19," available at this link and attached to this email, that we enourage you to review and use.
We will continue to send updates as information becomes available.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we work through this complex issue together.
Our best regards,
Dr. Bryan Luizzi, Superintendent of Schools
Janet Reed, District Nursing Supervisor
Talking to Children about COVID-19 from NASP