Today we’re hearing from Carole Swiecicki – a licensed psychologist and the Executive Director at the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center where she works to prevent abuse, protect children, and heal families – about how parents can help their children manage the stress of returning to school amid the pandemic.
The pandemic, and the uncertainty around what the fall will bring for students and parents, is stressful. Any stressful situation can make children feel scared, angry, or confused (and sometimes, all three!). We, at Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, know from years of helping children and families manage the stress associated with abuse that there are key actions parents can take to help your child and family through this.
First, take care of yourself. Acknowledge your own feelings, make time to talk with other adults about them and cope with them in healthy ways (deep breathing, taking walks, and/or talking with a professional).
Next, open the conversation with your child. Talk with them about what is happening with school – whether they will be online at first, whether they and their teachers will wear masks at school, etc. Include what will be the same – their interactions with friends, familiar play equipment or teachers. Be honest, including stating you do not know if the answer is uncertain. Reassure them that the adults in their lives are looking at the risks and making decisions to keep everyone safe.
Although families need to stay informed, limit exposure to media outlets or social media that might promote fear or panic. Be particularly aware of (and limit) how much media coverage or social media time children are exposed to about the outbreak or school changes.
Lastly, keep to a regular family routine as much as possible. A lot of change at one time can overwhelm children. When school starts, virtually or in person, make sure that the family keeps to a routine and children get enough sleep, eat regularly, drink plenty of water and get frequent exercise.
Check out some additional tips, tricks + resources from the community to parents of students here.
○ On Wednesday, DHEC announced704 new cases of coronavirus and 17 additional deaths in SC. That brings the total number of cases in SC of COVID-19 to 107,274, and the total deaths to 2,248. Visit SCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats.
○ UofSCannouncedthey will be administering saliva-based COVID-19 tests to as many as 2,400 students per day. This testing is available five days a week to students, faculty + staff, free of charge. Results will return in just 24 hours. (Post and Courier)
○ In order to receive a flu shot at Walgreens + CVS, pharmacists will be checking temperatures, screening for symptoms + wearing face shields while administering shots. Additionally, patients are required to wear a mask + schedule an appointment with required paperwork completed online ahead of time. (WCBD)
○ On Wed., Sept. 2, the South Carolina Senatewill reconvene to discuss updating election laws in light of COVID-19 for the November election. (WIS)
○ The eighth annual 9/11 Heroes Run, a charity 5K event that honors the lives lost during Sept. 11, has now shifted to a virtual format, due to COVID-19. The virtual run will be held from Sept. 1 until Nov. 1. Registration + details can be found here. (The Daniel Island News)
Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Charleston’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
NowOpen ○Galpão Gaucho(167 East Bay St.), a traditional Brazillian steakhouse inspired by Gaucho culture + authentic dining tradition of the Brazilian cowboy, has now moved into Charleston’s historic district. Serving 17 different cuts of meats, fresh salads, side dishes + desserts, this restaurant focuses on growing fresh food, caring for livestock + valuing their roots. ○The Bar @ Workshop, a newtiki-themed bar,is now open inside Workshop (1503 King St.). The bar will be kicking off its arrival with a socially-distant wine tasting on Wed., Aug. 26. Learn more about its first “Wine Garden Wednesday” here. (Holy City Sinner)
Development ○ Kiawah River, a new waterfront community + Charleston’s first agrihood, announced the groundbreaking of its Spring House, the community’s waterfront swim club + first major amenity. Designed by Beau Clowney Architects, this amenity will serve as a gathering place for the community, offering a junior Olympic-sized family + adult pool, a full-service kitchen + shaded bar with poolside dining + programming that caters to a variety of preferences for health, fitness + recreation, amongst other things.
Outdoor ○ Firefly Distillery(4201 Spruill Ave.) announced the return of its “Safe Sounds” socially-distant, outdoor concert series. The first show of the fall season will take place Sep. 5. Learn more about tickets, headliners + COVID-19 protocolhere. (WCIV) ○ Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park(1595 Highland Ave.) is launching various afternoon youth programs to keep children of all ages physicallyactive, mentally stimulated +emotionally strengthened, all while adhering to CDC-recommended guidelines + protocol. Check out the list of programshere and sign uphere.
Watch ○ In preparation for the first day of class on August 24,Trident Academy has begun welcoming students back to campus this week for individual testing. They have also created a “Celebration” parody video showcasing COVID-19 protocols such as washing your hands, wearing your mask + watching your distance, which you can watch here.
Drink ○ The Dewberry(334 Meeting St.)is launching a new deal beginning today. “The Thursday List” includes various wines that will be half-off every Thursday. View sample menu here.
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