Blog Update April 24, 2020

Posted by Staunton City Schools on 4/24/2020

School Updates

Governor Northam’s executive orders to stay home are still in effect, and our schools remained closed.  We still want to be available to support your child and your family in ways that are safe for everyone.    Beginning Monday April 24, 2020, you may call your child’s school between the hours of 8:00AM-3:00PM if you have any questions.  

Are you looking for information regarding registering your child in Staunton City Schools?

New to Staunton?    If you are new to our area, please contact your child’s new school to make an appointment to register your child. 

If you have a child you would like to register for kindergarten,  we will begin taking calls to schedule an appointment on Monday, May 4, 2020.  For your convenience, elementary school office numbers are listed below:

AR Ware Elementary 332-3938

Bessie Weller Elementary 332-3940

TC McSwain Elementary 332-3936

A child must be 5 years old by September 30, 2020 to be eligible to enter kindergarten this fall.

What information do I need to bring to my appointment? 

  • Your child’s birth certificate
  • Your photo identification (driver’s license, passport, DMV ID card)
  • Proof of residency (this can be a current lease or a utility bill in your name to your current Staunton City address)

 

If you have a child who will be 4 by September 30, 2020 and are interested in applying to our preschool program, please call 332-3934 for more information.  

Staying Healthy, Staying Engaged

Looking for additional ways to talk with your children about COVID-19?  This resource from NPT might help:

What Kids Want To Know About Coronavirus: An Original Comic : Goats and Soda

Centers for Disease Control Recommends Using Cloth Masks to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.  To learn how to make cloth face coverings, visit Use Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow Spread.

These 2 articles from Mindshift might be useful as we all continue to navigate our “new normal” learning and living environment.   

https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/55621/how-parents-can-help-their-kids-while-managing-distance-learning?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=20200419_News_MindShift_Newsletter&mc_key=00Qi000001WzPCQEA3


https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/55708/when-a-childs-emotions-spike-how-can-a-parent-find-their-best-self?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=20200419_News_MindShift_Newsletter&mc_key=00Qi000001WzPCQEA3

Edutopia offers some suggestions for meeting your child’s sensory needs  at home:

Looking for new activities to do at home that support mental well-being with your children?  The Red Cross has some great suggestions here.

The Attachment and Trauma Network offers some trauma informed strategies for teaching and learning in this new virtual environment.

Looking for some more information on how to manage and promote mental well being during this extraordinary time?   The Red Cross is offering this free online course to  help you to build resilience and support yourself and others through this crisis by reviewing basic principles of providing psychological first aid, including how to recognize and manage stress in yourself and in others and how to lend support to family members, friends and coworkers during and following the COVID-19 outbreak.  You can register for the course here.

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