ENFIELD — Superintendent Amanda Isabelle is pleased to announce that the Mascoma Valley Regional School District has launched an effort to help keep students fed during the ongoing school closure due to COVID-19.
Since Tuesday, March 17, Mascoma buses have been running their typical routes, but rather than picking up or dropping off students, they’re delivering lunches to students, as well as breakfast for the following morning.
The buses run each day to deliver meals, as well as instructional materials, which are handed out by school staff on board. Lunches can also be picked up at each MVRSD school from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.
“We find ourselves in a truly unprecedented situation,” Superintendent Isabelle said. “However, we are doing everything we can to keep our students connected to the district and the community, and I appreciate the staff members who have stepped up to support this effort.”
Resources for Parents
The Mascoma Valley Regional School District wishes to share the following information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help support their children and teens’ mental health, which can be negatively impacted by the changes brought on by the COVID-19 situation.
Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include:
- Excessive crying or irritation in younger children
- Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting)
- Excessive worry or sadness
- Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
- Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens
- Poor school performance or avoiding school
- Difficulty with attention and concentration
- Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
- Unexplained headaches or body pain
- Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
There are many things you can do to support your child
- Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
- Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
- Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
- Try to keep up with regular routines. Create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
- Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.
For more information, visit the NH DHHS website by clicking here and the CDC’s website by clicking here. Parents are also encouraged to use this resource to learn more about how to talk to their children about the coronavirus situation.