During Our Time Apart….
Dealing with Corona Virus
Our Commitment to Being a Safe & Welcoming Community
In DPS, we are proud to be a Safe and Welcoming School District that supports and embraces all children and families. That’s especially important during difficult situations like we’re facing now. Please remember that COVID-19 is a global public health issue affecting all of us and that no person, country or ethnic group is at fault. Within our wonderfully diverse community, we have students and staff with family and friends across the country and around the globe. We must treat everyone with compassion and care, knowing that some may be worried about the wellbeing of their loved ones.
DPS will not tolerate any hateful or racist words or actions. Please, be kind to one another. Our district has put policies and practices into place to make sure that everyone in the DPS community has the opportunity to learn and work in an environment where they are treated with dignity and respect, free from discrimination or harassment. We fully support our diverse students, families and staff, particularly in these challenging times.
Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children
Remain calm and reassuring.
- Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.
Make yourself available to listen and to talk.
- Make time to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when they have questions.
Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.
- Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity. Avoid making assumptions about who might have COVID-19.
Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online.
- Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.
Provide information that is honest and accurate.
- Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child.
- Talk to children about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may be based on rumors and inaccurate information.
Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.
- Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick.
- Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.
- Discuss any new actions that may be taken at school to help protect children and school staff.
(e.g., increased handwashing, cancellation of events or activities)
- Get children into a handwashing habit.
- Teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- If soap and water are not available, teach them to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol. Supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent swallowing alcohol, especially in schools and child care facilities.
- DPS Corona Virus Resources for Families & Students
- FAQ on COVID-19 Response
- Remote Learning
- Family Resources
- Food Distribution
- Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
- At-Home Activities