Resources for Parents During COVID-19 School Closure
As parents, students, and families adjust to new conditions and learning environments because of COVID-19, we want everyone to stay well physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
Our professionals have curated these resources to help families. Use good judgment when accessing websites and online tools. Livingstone Range School Division is not responsible for third-party information.
Virtual Parent Support Group
Are you a parent of a student in Grade 1-7? Are you struggling with our new reality of school closure and social isolation?
Join our phone-in Parent Support Group, and find a safe space to talk about worries and difficulties coping with the new normal. A Family School Liaison Counsellor and Mental Health Therapist will facilitate the sessions.
Technology to access phone-in via Skype is required for these meetings, which run from 1 to 2:30pm on:
- Monday, May 4
- Monday, May 11
- Monday, May 25
- Monday, June 1
There is no fee for this support group. To register, email email@example.com.
Our Family School Liaison Counsellors share video messages to help us stay mentally and emotionally well during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- WATCH Episode 1 | Whatever You're Feeling is Normal
- WATCH Episode 2 | Belly Breathing
- WATCH Episode 3 | Activities for Daily Routines - includes instructions for making your own squeezy fidget toy and salt dough sculptures!
- WATCH Episode 4 | Ms. Sparkes reads "The Invisible String"
- WATCH Episode 5 | Practice Kindness
- WATCH Episode 6 | The Many Roles of Parents
- WATCH Episode 7 | Gratefulness Practice
- WATCH Episode 8 | Tips for Handling Worry
- WATCH Episode 9 | Creating a Positive Mindframe
- WATCH Episode 10 | Mindfulness Practice Outside for Students and Adults
AHS Virtual Workshops to Manage Stress
Join Transform Your Stress: The Resilience Advantage — Strategies for Managing Stress in Challenging Times, a free online workshop facilitated by Alberta Health Services.
Click here for full details.
How to Talk to Your Child
These articles and resources may help you in talking to your child about COVID-19.
- PDF: Talking to Kids About COVID-19
- Harvard & Alberta Teachers' Association: Talking to Kids About Coronavirus
- How to Talk to Your Child
- How to Talk to Your Child About the News
- Talking with Children about COVID - 19
- Talking to Your Child about COVID - 19
- Talking to Children About COVID. - 19
- Child Friendly Book About COVID - 19
- Get Daily Advice About Structuring the Day During COVID - 19
- Harvard University Center on the Developing Child Article
Structure & Learning From Home
Learning from home in this way is new for all of us. Discover resources to help establish routines, understand expectations, and use technology.
- LRSD's Education Continuity Plan
- Resources for At-Home Learning During COVID-19 - Alberta Education
- Exemplar Schedule
- Creating Structures and Rules
- Routines and Teens: How you Can Help
- Help! I've got Kids, What Do I Do? Tips for parents working from home.
- Parenting in a Pandemic
- How to Create a Learning Space for Your Child
- Parents' Guide to Google Classroom
- Video Conferencing Best Practices for Students, Families, and Teachers
- Raise the Grade Tutoring with Boys & Girls Club of Lethbridge
- No Device Required Literacy & Numeracy Activities for Young Students
Being physically and mentally active will help mitigate boredom and loneliness during social distancing and school closure. Check out these online resources to help.
- Be Fit For Life: Active at Home
- Be Fit For Life: Blackfoot Movement Story
- Be Fit For Life: AniMoves Indigenous Language Edition
- Physical Activities to Do at Home: BOKS
- Physical Activity Games: BokSopoly
- Active After School Resources
- My Feelings Journal
- Gratitude Journal
- Gratitude Scavenger Hunt
- Ted Ed: Ted Talks for Kids
- National Geographic Kids
- Learn a Language for Free
- Kids Podcasts
- OverDrive Shared Digital Library Collection
- Storyline Online
- Virtual Museum
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
- Random Acts of Kindness
- Over 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links
- 100 Activities to Do at Home
- 70 Things to Do With Kids at Home
- Arcade Games
- Crazy Games Online
Supports for Students with Disabilities
These resources for students with special needs and their families may support your child at home.
- Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities
- COVID - 19 Guidelines for the Spinal Cord Injury Community
- Q and A for People Living with MS During COVID - 19 Pandemic
- A Kids Guide to Handling Change
- Schools Are Closed Social Stories
- Social Story Changes
- Why I Can't Go to School: A Social Story
- What is a Virus: A Social Story
Promoting Good Mental Health
Find resources for talking, calming anxiety, healthy habits, and mindfulness. Remember: self-care isn't selfish.
- AHS: Help in Tough Times
- AHS: Help in Tough Times - Self-Help
- My Alberta: Heping You Recover from a Disaster or Emergency
- My Alberta: Helping Children and Teens Recover from a Disaster or Emergency
- VIDEO: Institute of Child Psychology -Helping Children Manage Anxiety Related to COVID-19
- Psychology Foundation of Canada - Kids Have Stress Too
- VIDEOS: Helping Kids Manage Anxiety Around Coronavirus - 4 Experts
- Coping Strategies for Kids at Home
- PBS: Talking to Your Kids About Coronavirus and Healthy Habits Videos
- Supporting Kids During Coronavirus
- Applying Mindfulness to Quell Anxiety
- Independent Play and Homeschool Strategies
Mental Health Supports & Helplines
Access mental health supports and services online, by phone, or by text.
- AHS: COVID-19 and Your Mental Health
- AHS: Mental Health - Coping and Connection for Children and Families During COVID-19
Kid’s Help Phone | 1-800-668-6868 | Text ‘CONNECT’ to 686868
- ConnecTeen | www.calgaryconnecteen.com | Call or Text 587-333-2724
- Mental Health Help Line | 1-877-303-2642
- Addiction Services Helpline | 1-866-332-2322
- Family Violence Info Line | 403-310-1818
Emergency & Financial Support Resources
Find supports for financial assistance, food banks, shelter, emergency preparedness, and more.
Emergency Social Services (especially when in need of shelter or need to leave home)
- Financial assistance, counseling, support with isolation, food, shelter etc. (multi-lingual)
- CALL – 211 TEXT - 211
- LIVE CHAT - https://www.ab.211.ca/
Claresholm Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) - 403-625-4417
- Prepare and deliver food/hygiene hampers to people’s doorsteps, all while following the AHS guidelines
- Click HERE for poster
Wild Rose Community Connections (High River)
- Will deliver meds/groceries in the area
- Email Sby5189highriver@highriver.com to order – include what you need, name and phone number, email before 4pm Monday to Friday and order will be deliver 12-2 the following day.
High River Food Bank – 403-652-2195
Claresholm Food Bank - 403-625-2092 | 221-45 Avenue West
Fort Macleod Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) - 403-553-4425
Fort Macleod Food Bank - 403-327-8084
Crowsnest Pass Food Bank - 403-564-5110
Pincher Creek Food Bank - 403-632-6716
Nanton Ministerial Food Bank - 403-926-7621
Resources for FNMI Families
Piikani and Kainai families can find local resources here.
For on-reserve Piikani families, the number for Emergency Essential Packages is 403-965-3092.
For Blackfoot Confederacy members livings off-reserve in Calgary or Lethbridge, food hampers are available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, nation, contact information, physical living address, and number of people in household.
- Kainai Emergency Food Hampers
- Blood Tribe Social Development - during work hours call (403) 737-3974
- FCSS Food Bank - (403) 737-2888
- Piikani Nation information
- Native Counselling of Alberta
- Hope For Wellness
- WeMatter - a place to help indigenous youth get through hard times