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Student Health, Safety, and Security

COVID-19 Updates

View our weekly COVID-19 updates and communications below.  Please visit our COVID-19 response page to view the latest information regarding our efforts to provide an and safe and joyful educational experience to our students during the pandemic.

Resources for Talking with Students about COVID-19

CDC: Talking with Children about Coronavirus
CDC: Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
National Association of School Psychologists:  Talking to Children about COVID-19
Handwashing videos
Coronavirus: A kid-friendly explainer video from Brainpop: It can be scary to hear about a disease outbreak, but learning the facts can help ease your mind.
Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

Mental Health Training

Health and Safety Focused Teacher Inservice

The faculty inservice on February 14 focused on the health and safety of our students and everyone in our beloved school community.

Our day began with a 90-minute training by members of the Naperville police department on the best practices for responding to crisis situations, including active shooters.  We found these particular officers to be effective and thorough in their training. Our recently formed school safety committee is meeting now to determine how Covenant might better prepare and train for these worst-case scenario situations. 

The second half of our morning focused on increasing our awareness, our understanding, and our ability to support and intervene with students who may be struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety or depression.  Mrs. Weldy presented a powerpoint based on her research and training at a professional conference, and I have attached some of what she shared to this email. A few of the helpful points made were:

  1. Mental health challenges in our society are prevalent, and 50% of the people that receive mental health diagnoses do so before the age of 14.
  2. God created us with bodies, souls (mind, heart, and emotions), and spirits.  There are times when people in Christian communities overlook the physical component of mental illness.  
  3. Challenges to mental health are part of normal life, and our responses to them are best viewed on a spectrum.  Sometimes we may be able to respond to life events or challenges in ways that maintain our health, while other times we can become debilitated and need help.  
  4. Anxiety and depression symptoms must be recognized and identified both at home and in the context of school. 

Please look carefully through the attached information.  If you have any further insights or recommendations, please contact us.  We are committed to leveraging Covenant’s distinctive school community for the growth, health, and safety of our students, families, and faculty.

Mental Health and Training Packet 2020

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