Teaching Students About COVID-19

When communicating with students about COVID-19, keep information simple, positive, and age-appropriate.  Use language that is grade level when teaching them about what’s happening.  This includes teaching them and helping them interpret information that they may see in the news, community, or in their families.  Young elementary students may need to be comforted and reassured about the impact this may have on their close families and friends.  Reassure them that the right people are managing and helping to control what’s happening.  Give them ways they feel they are in control of how this impacts them, such as hand-washing and hygiene.  Facial communication and body language is important.  Minimize fears and stress by controlling appropriate facial expressions and body language.   All students may see information and formulate myths or non-truths that need to be diminished.  Model the proper way to wash their hands, keep their hands aware from face, etc. The same goes for older students who may also need additional information related to health and wellness, scientific research, geographic impacts, and historic implications related to COVID-19.  Here are a few resources to help you:

 

All You Need to Know About COVID-19

 
TSD ASL Version of CDC Hand-washing Information to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19
 
CDC Posters
Stay Healthy Wash Your Hands - English / Spanish (Espanol)
Stop the Spread of Germs - English / Spanish (Espanol)
Wash Your Hands (11x17) - English / Spanish (Espanol)
 
*More resources in ASL and English will be posted the week of March 16, 2020
Keep checking back on the TSD COVID-19 pages!