PARENTS AND SCHOOL STAFF

Resources and information for parents with children returning to school including.  

MEDICAL PROVIDERS AND SCHOOL NURSES

Information for those directly providing care for children inside and outside of school settings.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Resources to help children and providers handle the challenges of 

 The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has created a sister site that contains a collection of communication 

resources for those communicating with families and the community regarding children returning to school.


BACK TO SCHOOL DONE SAFELY


From the early days of the pandemic, the VA-AAP has consistently stated that all policy considerations for school COVID-19 plans should start with a goal of having students physically present in school. 


The School Reopening Task Force in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health,  provides information, expertise, and updates to school districts and pediatricians throughout Virginia. 


The Task Force continues to provide guidance and support as schools safely reopen in the Commonwealth.  As part of these efforts, this page will provide parents, schools, and pediatricians support to keep kids and staff safe in schools.  

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS & SCHOOL STAFF


COVID VACCINATION

One of the most important steps in reducing the risk of COVID in schools is ensuring children who are eligible, receive a COVID vaccine.  In addition, families and community members by getting immunized protect children who cannot be immunized.  

Attend a Live Town Hall

GENERAL VACCINES AND NEW REQUIREMENTS

Did you know that a new Health Bill called HB 1090 takes effect in July 2021?  When the bill becomes law a number of vaccines not previously required, will now become required of kids attending school.  Also, many children need to catch up with their vaccines. 

WELL VISITS AND SCHOOL FORMS

Many children and adolescents have not seen their pediatrician during the pandemic, but offices and clinics are now open to update prescriptions, medical plans, and complete school forms.  

PREVENTION OF COVID AT SCHOOL

Many children will remain unimmunized to COVID during the early months of school, but in person school is still safe.  A number of strategies including face masking, social distancing when masks are off, and in some schools COVID testing, will maintain safety.  

Testing for COVID

RESOURCES FOR MEDICAL PROVIDERS & SCHOOL NURSES


COVID VACCINATION

Resources and social media materials to promote vaccination to your patients, families, and to the community at large.  

FaceBook Posts
CDC Toolkit
Letters to families

VACCINES AND HB 1090

New rules take effect in July 2021, and its time to make sure your practice is ready.  Also find information to promote catch up vaccinations.

WELL VISITS

Encourage families to get their children in for overdue and much needed check ups.  Find social media campaign materials.  

PREVENTION OF COVID INFECTION AT SCHOOLS

Help advocate and promote safety at schools including communicate clear and accurate information to help families feel confident when returning their children to school.

Mental Health

For Parents & Teens

  1. Teen Line - Emotional support for teens by phone, text,  or email.
  2. Anxiety Canada - Learn about how to treat your anxiety with Cognitive Behavior Therapy with a free app.
  3. Social Emotional Wellness Considerations - Resources for parents and kids including things that can be done by families alone and resources available for families who are struggling.
  4. PBS Resources for Parents about Going Back to School - Tips and articles for families including a back to school checklist
  5. Apps for families - Phone apps and websites for a) Mood & Anxiety interventions and b) Sleep hygiene/improvement

For Medical Providers

  1. Virginia Mental Health Access Program (VMAP) - Join the VMAP program and call to get access to psychologists and psychiatrists to help with patient management.
  2. AAP Mental Health Practice Tools and Resources - Help to promote healthy mental development and address concerns of your patients with these practice tools and resources.
  3. VDH and Virginia Specific Mental Health Resources - Resources and contacts for issues with domestic abuse, LGBQT resources, crisis hotlines, and more.

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