Children tend to hear much more than we think or hope they do. Unfortunately, this has been the case with Coronavirus. It has seeped into the conversations and play of even our younger students. As you can imagine, they have a lot of frightening misinformation. In an effort to calm their fears and reduce the inaccurate rumors, we are using this publication with students in grades 2-4:
Just for kids a comic exploring the new Coronavirus
In the K-1 classrooms, if the children have been discussing it, teachers will lead a brief, developmentally appropriate conversation with the following points in mind:
- Not everything they hear about the virus is true.
- If they have questions, they should speak to an adult.
- Most people who get the virus, get a mild case and recover. The people who get very sick are usually those with other health issues.
- Few children have gotten Coronavirus and when they have, it’s been VERY mild (like a cold or flu).
- People get sick when they have gotten germs from someone else who is sick, not because their family came from a certain country.
- The best way to stay healthy is to wash your hands, often; cough and sneeze into your elbow; and avoid touching your face.
- We’ve got lots of great doctors working on this.