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Dear ACS Secondary Parents (Spanish Translation below),

I hope you and your family are safe and healthy during these difficult times. The spread of the coronavirus has dominated TV and our social media and the devastation that CoVid-19 is causing around the world can make us all justifiably scared. Our role as the adults in our children’s lives is to listen to them, validate all of the emotions they are experiencing, respond to their needs with compassion and, at the same time provide stability in these uncertain times. You may be struggling with frustrated teenagers who are constantly connected to social media. Teens need to stay connected with each other and they are doing so in their own ways. This, of course, does not justify the constant connectedness or overuse of their cell phones and computers. In fact, as the school implements distance learning it is even more important to provide, explain, and enforce appropriate boundaries around the use of their devices.

You can take advantage of the ‘togetherness’ that quarantine provides by connecting with your children in new and creative ways. Read some of the articles below together and discuss them, reflect on the challenges and opportunities of living in this new era and remind your child that citizens around the world are working to help manage the spread of the virus. Help them remain calm, confident and compassionate and practice healthy behaviors.

I am available for any concerns or questions you might have, please don't hesitate in contacting me at

Carolina Blanco

Estimados Padres de Secundaria:

Espero que usted y su familia estén seguros y saludables durante estos tiempos difíciles. La propagación del coronavirus ha dominado la televisión y nuestras redes sociales, y la devastación que CoVid-19 está causando en todo el mundo puede hacernos sentir justificadamente asustados. Nuestro rol como adultos en la vida de nuestros hijos es escucharlos, validar todas las emociones que están experimentando, responder a sus necesidades con compasión y, al mismo tiempo, proporcionarles estabilidad en estos tiempos inciertos. Puede estar conviviendo con adolescentes frustrados que están constantemente conectados a las redes sociales. Los adolescentes necesitan mantenerse conectados entre sí y lo hacen a su manera. Esto, por supuesto, no justifica la conexión constante o el uso excesivo de sus teléfonos celulares y computadoras. De hecho, a medida que la escuela implementa el aprendizaje a distancia, es aún más importante proporcionar, explicar e imponer límites apropiados del uso de sus dispositivos.

Puede aprovechar la "reconciliación" que brinda la cuarentena disfrutando de sus hijos de formas nuevas y creativas. Lea con su hijo/a algunos de los artículos a continuación y analícelos, reflexione sobre los desafíos y las oportunidades de vivir en esta nueva era y recuerde a su hijo que los ciudadanos de todo el mundo están trabajando para ayudar a controlar la propagación del virus. Apoyelo/a a mantener la calma, la confianza y la compasión y a desarrollar comportamientos saludables.

Estoy disponible para cualquier inquietud o pregunta que pueda tener, no dude en comunicarse conmigo a

Carolina Blanco

Useful Resources

  • Here are some articles that you can read together with your child:

Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus

How Teenagers Can Protect Their Mental Health During Coronavirus

Some teenagers may be feeling afraid, isolated, and/or anxious. They may prefer to be locked up in their bedroom watching bloggers or playing video games. Use this time to reconnect with your child by cooking, playing board games, creating and listening inspirational Ted Talks or simply hanging out in the backyard. Some resources/material available include:

  • Aquí hay algunos artículos que puede leer con su hijo/a:

Consejos para Padres con hijos que Padecen de Ansiedad

Cómo Hablar con los Niños Sobre el Coronavirus

Algunos adolescentes pueden sentirse asustados, aislados y/o ansiosos. Es posible que prefieran estar encerrados en su habitación viendo bloggers o jugando videojuegos. Aproveche este tiempo para reconectarse con su hijo cocinando, jugando juegos de mesa, creando y escuchando Ted Talks o simplemente pasando el rato en el patio trasero. Algunos recursos / materiales disponibles incluyen:

Wellness Toolkit:

  • We have received responses from our first student survey where students have shared valuable information on their emotional state. As your children self-isolate, a feeling of fear, anxiety and emotional exhaustion will arise. Below are some articles and helpful resources on how to talk to your child:

How to Talk to Teens and Kids about the Coronavirus

How to Prevent Loneliness in a time of social distancing

Family Coping Kit

Did You Know:

How to talk to your child about Coronavirus?

"The COVID-19 outbreak has people fearful and confused. News of more cancellations of major events, images of people wearing face masks, and increased numbers of those who are infected and who have died serve as constant reminders that things have changed for the foreseeable future.

It’s stressful enough when you’re a grownup. But for kids, it can be especially scary..."

Article on Tips on: Talking to kids about COVID-19


During Advisory we will be focus on Social-Emotional Well-Being

Wednesdays Advisory Lesson Plans

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