Let us all start by acknowledging that the situation under COVID 19 is stressful and creates uncertainty and worry among all of us. As educators and caregivers to the children we have in class; it is our responsibility to ensure that we do not under any circumstance fuel the panic and worry among the learners. We need to remember that they too are scared; worried, anxious and confused by the new normal. It is up to us to alleviate theirs fears and get them to relax so that all can operate as normally as we all can at this time.
It is our joint responsibility to guide the learners and parents as well through this trying times. Our duty starts with knowing and understanding all our protocols and routines. We need to know them so well to be ready to implement and monitor at all times. We need to be vigilant because we all depend on each other to make things work effectively and without glitches.
First ensure that you know all protocols, know reasons why these things are done in this way, believe me you are going to get many questions around why this way and not that way. We will deal with a lot of myths and “truths” that learners will bring from home, the media and all other platforms where they can access information. Be ready to answer these questions many times over and to also correct some myths and provide correct factual information, so read up!
When and if you have questions please ask the Covid 19 Ad-hoc Committee to assist. Do not take things on face value and ignore what might be serious situations to develop further. As staff we are now our brother’s keeper for the wellbeing of all around us. This the time to work closely as a unit, avoid panic fear and uncertainty. Be as calm as you can at all times, learners can pick up emotions panic and fear easily and we do not want alarm them or cause any reason for them to doubt. What they experience at school will reach the parents ears and we want to send a positive message home. After all the parents entrusted their children to us.
1. TRUST IN GOD.
Learners must realize it is a time to grow and adapt and we are all in the same situation. There must be no denial of the reality of the situation. They need to make good choices (which have been made for them; they just need to follow the rules) and believe in God. For those that do not believe, it is good to know God loves THEM, whatever they feel.
2. BUILD SELF-ESTEEM.
Learners need to be guided to believe in their ability to meet the challenges.
Acknowledge the negative factors involved. ( What do you miss most? What was a positive about the situation this holiday? )
They need to admit their fears and talk about their fears with someone on a regular basis. Teach them to talk to God about what they fear and to seek help from one of the teacher counsellors if they need to.
3. LEARN TECHNIQUES AND PRINCIPLES OF RELAXATION.
Google what would be best for your learners. Use silence, music, simple neck, body stretches…..
4. KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE.
How we evaluate a situation depends on your point of view. Teach them not to always think the worst is likely to happen. The teacher needs to be calm, caring, loving and reassuring at all times.
5. REACH OUT TO OTHERS.
Teach the learners to encourage one another; to realize they have a role to play. Their words and actions have a double impact during times like these. In this way they are challenged to deal more effectively with the challenge of our situation.
6. TURN TO GOD.
Learners must realize they cannot handle the situation themselves and carry the burden. God is sovereign and powerful. Turn to Him. Give all your burdens to Him.
During these troubling times things might feel overwhelming and we don’t always know how we can support our children and keep them safe from Covid-19.
After going through the screening process in the morning:
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