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COVID-19 – 18 March Update 1

18 March 2020 by

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As of Tuesday 17 March 2020 at 5.00pm, the advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer is that schools continue to remain open. The CECV and the Independent Education Union (IEU) agree. This advice is regularly under review and we will update you if it changes.

We are well aware that some people in our MacKillop community have heightened levels of concern and anxiety regarding the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These thoughts and feelings are normal and understandable. Most adults and children will be able to manage these feelings through being resilient, practising positive coping skills and good self-care. However, some may feel overwhelmed and unable to adequately express their concerns. This may result in escalated levels of distress or worry.

Conversations with children and young people
Families and caregivers of young people should discuss news of the virus with those in their care in an open and honest way. They should try to relate the facts without causing alarm, and in a way that is appropriate for their age and temperament. It is important to listen to any questions they may have, and to let them know that they are safe and that it’s normal to feel concerned. If the media or the news is getting to be too much for them, encourage them to limit their exposure.

A range of key resources, including videos and tips for young people, have been collated here to help promote ongoing wellbeing and good health across our College community:

If you find that your son/daughter is experiencing anxiety beyond what you consider to be normal, please encourage them to seek support from one of our College counsellors. Alternatively, ring the College and ask to speak with one of our counsellors.

Rory Kennedy

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