Video and Resources for Returning to School During COVID-19

As teachers, you are among the most adaptable professionals in the world. You know what it takes to pivot in a moment’s notice — when lesson plans shift due to consecutive snow days, or when a student disrupts your class and attending to that child is more critical than figuring out the math problem, or when the fire department arrives unannounced in the middle of a test. You know what it takes to adapt to meet the needs of your students, even if you may not be feeling quite so adaptable at the start of this unpredictable school year. And that, we want to assure you, is perfectly normal!

This may be the most stressful school year in recent history. So what can schools — namely teachers and administrators — do to adapt to a new academic year that is more uncertain than it is certain? And how can you be truly present for your students and tend to your own needs, when teaching will require elements of, if not all, virtual learning once again?


The Saint Louis Counseling School Partnership Program (SPP) is here to help!

For more than 25 years, SPP therapists have worked in over 100 schools across 10 counties and the city of St. Louis to provide mental and emotional support to students, faculty and parents. And because of that expertise, we understand what strategies you can put in place to help you foster mentally, emotionally and socially healthy learning environments.

VIDEO: Returning to School During COVID-19
Connecting with students and meeting everyone’s needs when schools resume after last semester’s stay-at-home orders are top priorities for administrators and faculty. To proactively address concerns about teaching due to the pandemic, we have created a video specifically for educators, written by our therapists, that focuses on five key areas:

1. Adaptability
2. Teacher Self-care
3. What to Look for with Your Students: Emotional, Behavioral & Social Cues

4. Intervention Activities: Creating Unity in the Classroom & Teacher Activity
5. Building Relationships

You may access each of the individual segments above or the full-length video here. If you have an SPP Therapist in your school, your therapist will be happy to consult with you about the video, or you may contact Chief Program Officer Saundra Barker, MSW, LCSW at [email protected].

NEW! Teacher Support Group
If you are interested in joining the Saint Louis Counseling Teacher Support Group to help as you return to school during COVID-19, or if you would like more information about the support group, please contact SPP Therapist Katelyn Schaefer, MSW, LCSW at [email protected].

Accompanying Handouts
Feel free to download these video resources to help you and your students with the transition back to school:
Teacher Self-care Questions
Student Intervention Activity: Puzzle Pieces
Student Intervention Activity: Shoe Prints
Teacher Activity: Spontaneous Drawing

Resources
Saint Louis Counseling COVID-19 Information
COVID19 Resource Web Page

Assistance for Families
United Way Helpline: Dial 2-1-1
Food Pantry Search: https://www.foodpantries.org/
St. Vincent de Paul: 314.881.6000 | https://svdpstlouis.org/
Parents as Teachers: 314.432.4330 | https://parentsasteachers.org/
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)

Education-specific Resources
https://www.transcendeducation.org/covid-support-overview
https://sites.google.com/view/owlstudent/home
https://familiestogetherinc.org/coronavirus-covid-19/#kids
https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/irca/resources/covid19-visuals-and-social-narratives.html
https://www.theclearmask.com/product
https://store.midwestproto.com/products/
https://www.rapidresponseppe.com/

Mandated Reporting
Website: https://dss.mo.gov/cd/keeping-kids-safe/can.htm
Hotline: 1.800.392.3738