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School District Dismissal and Mental Health Statement
We are all experiencing an unprecedented situation for public school and our entire community. When faced with unique situations like this, many of our children will experience some anxiety and fear. This reaction is normal.
Because your children will not be attending school until, at least, May 4th, it is important to talk to them and give them explanations of why this is happening. These conversations need to be customized to the age of your child, so please consider the age ranges of your own children and maybe speak to them separately.
Below are some things to consider:
- Be calm in front of your children.
- Your emotions will guide theirs.
- Do not share your fears with your children, but do not overly minimize the seriousness of the situation.
- Accurate and developmentally appropriate information helps reduce fear.
- Tell them how they can reduce the chances of getting the virus.
- Tell them that if they happen to get the virus, they are likely to experience symptoms like the cold or flu.
- The school dismissal is to prevent the spread
of this illness and for the health of them and our community.
- It is not because they have been exposed or are necessarily at high risk of exposure.
- The school dismissal is temporary, and they will return to school when the risk of spreading the virus has been reduced.
- Find ways to
meaningfully fill their time during school dismissal.
- Support them in completing the activities and assignments provided by their teachers.
- While screen time is not all bad, it should be allowed in moderation.
- Unless they have been put in isolation or quarantine, encourage them to go outside and be active (maintaining social distance and other precautions).
- Encourage other appropriate activities that will stimulate and occupy them.
- Limit access to media reports, especially for younger children who may not fully understand what is being reported.
If your child is experiencing an unusual amount of anxiety or distress, please reassure them and access the family and community supports that are available. Also, school psychologists, school social workers, and school counselors will be working throughout the school dismissal period and will able to consult by phone. Contact your school’s main office to access them.
Granite School District
School Psychologists, School Social Workers, and Secondary Counselors
Please also know that our School Psychologist and School Social Worker are available to talk to any student/parent.
Liz Popescue – School Psychologist
Katie Martinez, LCSW – School Social Worker
If you have an urgent matter and need to speak with someone day or night, you can call Safe UT at 833-372-3388 or use their online chat 24/7 to speak with a licensed clinician. They can provide supportive or crisis counseling, suicide prevention, and referral services to youth throughout Utah. If you don’t already have the Safe UT App, download it now by clicking the image below.
Additional Local Supports
Utah Crisis Line
Text: START to 741-741
Mental Health & Self-care
What can I do?
- Minimize consumption of information. Access information from credible outlets (CDC, Health Departments).
- Make time to do things that make you and your family feel better in stressful situations
- Recognize that feeling stress, fear, loneliness, boredom, anxiety are all normal reactions to stressful situations such as disease outbreak.
- Keep daily routines such as meals and bedtime.
- Deep Breathing – includes meditation and other mindfulness activities
- Physical Activity – walking, biking, yoga
- Socialize – video calls, voice calls, social media chats, text
- Acts of Kindness
- Be creative – art, dance, music
The mission of the Taylorsville High School Counseling Department is to help all Taylorsville students graduate from high school prepared for college, career, and life in the 21st century. We are committed to helping ALL students prepare for their next step.
Make Up CCRP Meetings
All students are invited to meet with their counselor to talk about graduation and college/career plans. Parents are encouraged to attend with their student. Parents can schedule an appointment today by going to the online scheduler.
College Resources for Undocumented Students
Yes, you can go to college!
Dream Center at Salt Lake Community College
West Valley Center – Room 130
3460 S. 5600 W.
West Valley City, UT 84128
Dream Center at University of Utah
1901 E. South Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112801-213-36