Counseling Weekly Update June 11th, 2021

Children's Mental Health Staff Training | Astley Park School

Hello Alcott Families,

We have been through an incredible 15 months, and we still do not know exactly what the next school year will look like.  Will we continue with masks?  Social distancing?  Will the kids be able to mingle with kids from other classes?  All these things are still unclear.  Our district has said that students will be attending five full days a week.  Exceptionally good news!  

Unfortunately, amongst the good news about schools being open full- time next year, I did hear news this week that gave me pause.  Rady’s Children’s Hospital is reporting a 25% increase in children’s emergency room visits for mental health challenges.  One of the psychiatrists in the interview said one of the most important things parents can do is to ask their kids how they are doing on a regular basis.  Kids may not know they are feeling un-well and stress/anxiety may cause kids to have tummy aches, headaches, or sleep disturbances.  I encourage everyone to take time this summer to check in with their children and spend time outdoors, plan play dates with other families, and let kids know that the pandemic will not last forever.  If you have concerns for your child’s well-being while school is out, please check in with their pediatrician.  If you cannot get a timely appointment, you can visit the SDUSD website and look under departments and go to Mental Health.  There are a wide range of mental health and community resources listed.  

I wish you all a great summer and look forward to having your students back on campus August 30th!

All the best,

Darlene Kanzler
Alcott School Counselor

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