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Social-Emotional Well-Being

If you’re reading this message, it means that you’re part of our CVCHS community. Our community is bonded through our shared experience of being homebound during COVID-19. These are truly unprecedented times and we are all navigating these circumstances to the best of our abilities.

Times of stress and hardship provide opportunities for us to show up as our highest selves. We can learn new strategies for self-care as worry creeps in and low mood looms. When our family members and friends doubt their ability to navigate the changing landscape of employment and education, we can inspire strength and persistence. Our dedicated team of counselors and administrators compiled a webpage of resources to remind us of our ability to navigate whatever comes our way. Whether you are doubting your own abilities or in need of an anchor to ground you, here are resources to guide you. We welcome additional tips, tools, and strategies to add to this page and encourage you to send them to us.

Need help or someone to talk to?  

  • If you are worried about your immediate safety and/or the safety of others, please contact 9-1-1. You can also reach the Contra Costa Crisis Hotline by dialing 2-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1- 800-273-8255 for free and confidential support.

What School-Based Mental Health Services are available during the temporary school campus closure?

Students can participate in a variety of services including mental health counseling, academic supports, school nursing services, referrals to community agencies, self-care skills and more. All services provided to students are free and confidential. 

Anyone can refer a student to receive support by contacting a School Counselor. 

As we navigate this difficult time in which so many individuals and communities are being impacted by COVID-19, Clayton Valley Charter High School is committed to supporting our community in a variety of ways. We are fortunate to have a team of experienced school counselors, a licensed marriage and family therapist, two school psychologists, and a school nurse. All are available via email and Google Hangouts to support our students.

All of the CVCHS Student Support Staff will be regularly checking their email. Please expect a response to your inquiries in one business day. If you would like to connect via Google Hangouts please email your counselor to set up a time.

We understand that you may have a variety of reactions including (but not limited to) fear, anxiety, stress, and confusion. However, there are many aspects of daily life that remain under your control, including how you take care of your emotional, social and physical well-being, and your ability to support and help your friends, family, and community.

Are you seriously concerned about a sudden shift in your teen’s mood, behavior, or school engagement? Do you feel at your wit’s end as a parent or guardian navigating this new terrain? If so, we have a family-based telehealth program that might be right for you. If you would like to be considered for this limited-space program, please complete the following form HERE.

Telehealth is not appropriate for emergencies. If you are concerned about you or your teen’s immediate safety,  call 9-1-1.

Below are a series of webinars and presentations by our Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Cammy Froude, and some documents to download and view.
Growth Mindset
An Invitation to Calm
Your Best Self During Covid-19
Covid-19 Spring Break
Revising and Re-Visiting Celebrations
Stress Management during Covid-19
Online Learning - 10 Hacks
COVID-19 and Your Sanity
Nuts and Bolts of Web-Based Learning During COVID-19
Psycho-Social Support During COVID-19

Resources for students and families recommended by our student support team during the COVID-19 crisis:

When Reality Hits - How to Stay in the Know and In Control During Home School

  • Parents face the problem of ever-changing information right now. Lean into what we know for sure -- homeschool is the new reality for the next few weeks. Learning as much as you can about your child's learning platforms and discussing a daily school schedule with them is a great start. 

Managing Stress and Anxiety During Distance Learning 

  • Students face the problem of increased stress due to health concerns and lack of school structure. Your body needs signals from your mind and environment that you are safe. Structure your morning, afternoon, and evening and keep appropriate mealtimes, study times, bedtimes, and e-socializing times. 

Staying Connected to Your Virtual Community

  • Students face the problem of being confused by navigating learning portals and directions for assignments. Just like school in real life, teachers are available to field questions online through e-mail.

Additional Recommendations

  • Take care of your body. Eating healthy meals, exercising and getting at least seven hours of sleep a night. Even while maintaining a safe distance from other people, you can still go outside! Regular exercise can reduce anxiety. Just be sure to protect yourself and others by following these guidelines for managing anxiety and stress.
  • Do things that give you purpose and meaning. Helping others is a gift, and it is good for your own well-being. Many in our community are more vulnerable to the impact of the novel coronavirus. You can help others by offering reassurance and emotional support, for instance.
  • Take care of basic needs including food security. 
  • Pay attention to how you’re feeling. Fear, worry and dread are normal reactions during this unprecedented time. People who have pre-existing mental health concerns are more vulnerable and face a higher risk of worsening mental health as the virus spreads. For additional mental health information, refer to trusted resources, such as The World Health Organization and The Center for Disease Control
  • Social distancing does not mean social isolation. You can reach out and stay connected to others by using technology such as google hangouts, Zoom group calls, and cellphone texting and conversations. Personal relationships are crucial in maintaining perspective and elevating mood.
Increase your feel-good activities. Whether it’s mindfulness, talking to your friends and family members, going for walks, engaging in recreational sports/activities, journaling, or watching Netflix, now is the time to increase positive experiences in your daily schedule. For a quick stress reliever, UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center offers free guided meditations in English and Spanish.