In the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) Wellness Team provides support and services for students and school communities. AUHSD is fortunate to have support and services dedicated to the physical, social, emotional, and behavioral health of our students. Wellness services are available to all AUHSD students. Each AUHSD school has a Wellness Center that offers social, emotional, and behavioral support services, clubs, and youth activities. Wellness support services are offered virtually via tele-health at this time.
During distance learning, the predictable routine of students going to school and connecting with others has changed substantially. Teenagers often show how they are feeling through their behavior and may not verbalize feelings or reach out to talk with staff members during distance learning. Children, youth, and adults who have experienced trauma may see flare ups and exacerbated symptoms that are not always connected to immediate circumstances. Students sometimes report delayed reactions to difficult circumstances and may benefit from adult-to-student and peer-to-peer support. While our attention is drawn to how much has changed, we also remember what has remained consistent, for example, caring adults, excellent instruction, and our dedication to equity and educating each student in our community. Adolescent children may respond differently to “the new normal” and the demands for social distancing depending on their age. Modeling, leading by example, and taking care of our own (adult) health and wellbeing is sometimes easier said than done.Following are some ways that we hope will help you better understand the impact of an infectious disease outbreak and what you can do to help your family cope.Information and Communication:
Scheduling & Activities:
- Keep updated about what is happening with the outbreak and additional recommendations by getting information from credible media outlets, local public health authorities, and updates from public health websites (e.g., CDC). Avoid misinformation, which is rampant on social media.
- Seek support and continued connections from friends and family by talking to them on the telephone, texting, or communicating through email or social media.
- Although you need to stay informed, minimize 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 your children are exposed to about the outbreak.
- Clarify misinformation or misunderstandings about how the virus is spread and that not every respiratory disease is COVID-19.
- Provide comfort and a bit of extra patience.
- Check back in with your children on a regular basis or when the situation changes.
Resources and Information:
- Even if your family is isolated, quarantined or in shelter-in-place, realize this will be temporary.
- Keep your family's schedule consistent when it comes to bedtimes, meals, exercise and schoolwork.
- Make time to do things at home that have made you and your family feel better in other stressful situations, such as reading, watching movies, listening to music, playing games, exercising, or engaging in religious activities (prayer, participating in services on the Internet).
- Help your family engage in fun and meaningful activities consistent with your family and cultural values.
AUHSD Wellness Team Contact Information:Director of WellnessAcalanes Union High School DistrictTel: 925.280.3900 ext. 6604Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgCell: 925.250.5500 (text/imessage)Allen Choi, MSW, PPSCWellness CoordinatorAcalanes High SchoolTel: 925.280.3970 ext. 2137Acalanes Wellness Center: https://www.acalanes.k12.ca.us/acalanesWellness CoordinatorClinical SupervisorCampolindo High SchoolTel: (925) 280-3950 ext. 5196Campolindo Wellness Center: https://www.acalanes.k12.ca.us/domain/821Wellness CoordinatorClinical SupervisorLas Lomas High SchoolTel: (925) 280-3920 ext. 2610Email: email@example.comLas Lomas Wellness Center https://www.acalanes.k12.ca.us/domain/790Wellness CoordinatorMiramonte High SchoolTel: (925) 280-3936 ext. 3353Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgMiramonte Wellness Center: https://www.acalanes.k12.ca.us/domain/837Acalanes Center for Independent Study (ACIS)Tel: 925.280.3900 ext. 6604Email: email@example.comCell: 925.250.5500 (text/imessage)School PsychologistClinical SupervisorTel: 925-280-3945 ext. 4205Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Click this link to reach the Contra Costa Crisis Center for a list of resources and information for parents and guardians, students, and members of the community.
- Call 211 for resource information by phone 24/7.
- Call the SAMHSA Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or click SAMHSA for more information.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1.800.873.8255 / (800) 273-TALK or text the word “HOPE” to 20121.
- California Peer-Run Warmline: Call (855) 845-7415 for peer support (or use the chat function on the website)
- California Coalition for Youth Crisis Line: Call 1-800-843-5200 for emotional support (or use the chat function on the website)