EGRPS Mental Health Resources
Contact your school counselor or social worker regarding resources for mental health needs:
EGR High School
EGR Middle School
Jim Grabow (ECSE/EGRMS)
Wealthy ElementaryJen Doyle
Breton Downs Elementary
& Lakeside Elementary
Social Emotional Resources CLP
Social and Emotional Support
Supporting Students and Families
Student well-being and safety is a priority. The Continuity of Learning Plan incorporates several supports for monitoring and supporting student’s social and emotional well-being.
- School social workers and counselors will share resources with families directly or via the weekly principal newsletters (e.g. How to Manage COVID-19 Anxiety, stress, communication with children about COVID-19, etc.).
- Building administrators in their weekly communications will include resources and "tips" to support families and students in their implementation of the Continuity of Learning Plan.
- Building administrators will provide school-wide community-building activities in their weekly communications.
- Building administrators and other staff will reach out to families and students who may need additional supports and services.
- School social workers and counselors will offer individual and scheduled virtual counseling appointments/office hours.
- Classroom teachers will reach out to any families and/or students who have been unable to engage in the Plan.
- Office hours will be available for students to check in with questions on work or just to connect with their teacher.
The East Grand Rapids Public School District is dedicated to supporting you and your child during this difficult time. We’re all in this together. Should you need additional support or resources please email your building’s school social worker and counselor or speak to your building administrator.
Simple Parent Tips
- Set a schedule - One of the most important things you can do is stick to a routine or schedule. Sample schedule here
- Get enough rest - American Academy of Pediatrics Supports Childhood Sleep Guidelines here
- Eat right - Mayo Clinics Guidelines on Nutrition for Kids here
- Other tips from Healthychildren.org
- Simple reassurance: Remind children that researchers and doctors are learning as much as they can, as quickly as they can, about the virus and are taking steps to keep everyone safe.
- Give them control: It's also a great time to remind your children of what they can do to help – washing their hands often, coughing into a tissue or their sleeves, and getting enough sleep.
- Watch for signs of anxiety: Children may not have the words to express their worry, but you may see signs of it. They may get cranky, be more clingy, have trouble sleeping, or seem distracted. Keep the reassurance going and try to stick to your normal routines
- Monitor their media: Keep young children away from frightening images they may see on TV, social media, computers, etc. For older children, talk together about what they are hearing on the news and correct any misinformation or rumors you may hear.
- Be a good role model: COVID-19 doesn't discriminate and neither should we. While COVID-19 started in Wuhan, China, it doesn't mean that having Asian ancestry – or any other ancestry – makes someone more susceptible to the virus or more contagious. Stigma and discrimination hurt everyone by creating fear or anger toward others. When you show empathy and support to those who are ill, your children will too.
Resources to Help You Talk with Your Child about Coronavirus
- Video for Children - Video explaining coronavirus and common feelings children may experience
- Talking to Children about Coronavirus - National Association of School Psychologists
- Tips for Talking with Children - Child Mind Institute
Coping and Self-Care
- Child Mind - Comprehensive coping information with specific guidance for anxiety, ASD, ADHD, grief/loss, and teens.
- CDC - Coping guidance for parents
Resources for Managing Fears
- How to Help Manage Anxiety and Stress - Center for Disease Control
- Support for families facing mental and/or substance use disorders - SAMHSA’s National Helpline
- Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease - SAMHSA
- Tips for Social Distancing - SAMHSA
Autism Specific Information
- Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times - Comprehensive resource
- Suicide Hotline - 24/7 support 1-800-273-8255
- Network 180 - Mental health support and access center for families receiving Medicaid 616-336-3909
- Forest View - Inpatient and outpatient mental health support 616-942-9610
- Pine Rest - Inpatient and outpatient mental health support 866-852-400
- The Bridge - Youth Shelter support 616-451-3001
- Food Pantries - Food locations in Kent County