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Meeting your students on that first day is exciting; but in the current climate of COVID, these feelings may be more than just nervous excitement. We are now being presented with new challenges. Getting to know students online is less than ideal, but the alternative – returning to the classroom – is also a scary prospect for many.

Moving out of quarantine, with different families following different rules, is going to result in uncomfortable moments for kids as well as parents. Working with kids to anticipate unsafe situations they might find themselves in can help them feel more comfortable and make better decisions when the time comes.

Wearing a mask can be really hard for children with anxiety, sensory differences, and autism. Your child may be extra sensitive to the way the mask feels on their face, head, and ears. Some children may even feel panicked when a mask is put on them. We’re here to help you help your student feel more comfortable.

How can I tell if my child is anxious about returning to school? If you don’t think your child had any anxiety about school before but may be experiencing it now, we can help you understand the signs and prepare your child emotionally for returning to school following the coronavirus lockdown.

Classroom management is being challenged while students adjust to social distancing, virtual or at-home education. Then add the emotional challenges — like increased anxiety or stress because of COVID – and you might just need some support. How will you provide structure, set expectations, and improve communication to manage classroom behaviors during COVID? Join us for this conversation.

How can parents help their children navigate their feelings during school reopening? COVID has caused major disruptions to daily life and children are feeling these changes deeply. While the return to school should be welcoming and exciting for many students, others will feel anxious or frightened. Here are tips to help your children navigate some of the complicated emotions they may be facing with going back to school during COVID.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by everything you’re hearing about COVID. Students might find it difficult to understand what they are seeing online or on TV – or hearing from other people – so they can be particularly vulnerable to feelings of anxiety, stress and sadness. Learn best practices for having age-appropriate and supportive discussions with students.

COVID has exposed existing inequities in education and may fundamentally change how we conceive of school. Now more than ever, we must call upon our empathy, resilience, relationship building, and collective resolve as we innovate and rebuild how our children learn. How will you leverage social and emotional learning to support your student during COVID?


Teacher Sessions

Michelle Bugh, LCSW is currently a Clinical Supervisor for F&CS with their Children’s Mental Health program. She graduated from Oklahoma State with a Bachelors in Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas at Arlington with a Masters in Social Work. Michelle has completed nationally recommended TF-CBT training and clinical consultation and an Intensive CBT Training by Dr Leslie Sokol of the Beck Institute for CBT and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Michelle has worked as a therapist in elementary, middle and high schools.

Parent Sessions

Kelsey Romig, MS, LPC is currently a Clinical Supervisor for F&CS with their Children’s Mental Health program and has been with the agency for 7 years. Kelsey graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Rogers State University, where she was in the honors program and President’s Leadership Class. Kelsey graduated with her Masters in Science in Counseling from Oklahoma State University. Kelsey is nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and certified in Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach. Kelsey has worked as a counselor in a school and clinic setting.