Community Storehouse Support
Keller Community Storehouse has offered its continued support of children and families in our community. The Storehouse will remain open during its normal office hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday) and will offer both emergency food boxes (ID only) and monthly food support (with additional documents). More information, including volunteer opportunities, can be found on its website at CommunityStorehouse.org.
Talking to Students About COVID-19
Here are some suggestions to consider as you provide support to your student regarding the coronavirus:
- Limit your students’ exposure to the media;
- Provide a calming influence to children, as needed; and
- Help your children address their fears and validate their feelings.
Additionally, here is some kid-friendly language you can use to describe COVID-19 and the pandemic situation we are facing:
COVID-19 (also called Coronavirus) is a new virus that doctors and scientists are still learning about. This virus has made a lot of people sick, but scientists and doctors think that most people will be okay, especially kids. Some people may get pretty sick. Doctors and health experts are working hard to help people stay healthy. It’s important for all of us to work together to follow instructions on how to be well. For most people who do become sick with COVID-19, it will feel like the flu – a fever, cough, and sometimes having a hard time taking deep breaths. Most people who have gotten the virus have not gotten very sick, but it may take a couple of weeks to feel better again. Only a small number of people who get it have had more serious problems.
Local Mental Health Resources
We understand that the mental health needs of our students continue, even when we are not in school. If you have concerns about the mental health or well-being of a child in your care, please use the resources below to assist in getting them the support that they need, or call 9-1-1.
- Cook Children's Emergency Department
- 886 6th Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104
- JPS Emergency Department
1575 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Toll-Free: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
Toll-Free (español): 1-888-628-9454
TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889)
Website in English
Website in Spanish
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA Hotlines SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline Toll-Free: 1-800-985-5990 (English and español)
SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746
SMS (español): “Hablanos” al 66746
Website in English
Website in Spanish
SAMHSA’s National Helpline Toll-Free: 1-800-662-HELP (24/7/365 Treatment Referral Information Service in English and español)
Additional Counseling Support
Lastly, we want to direct you to a few helpful documents. Click each document title to download the file:
- 24 Things You Can Do for Emotional Health
This list includes activities that can benefit the emotional health of your child.
- Using Social Emotional Learning to Help in Times of Stress
This resource includes some strategies you can use with your child to regain “calm” in such a heightened time of stress.
- KISD SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Activities for Families
- KISD Guidance Lessons and Counseling Resources for Families
In addition, we will update our KISD Counseling website to include additional resources for our families, in the event you are seeking any additional supportive and mental health services, including social-emotional learning lessons for parents to facilitate at home during this time.
We hope this information and these resources will prove helpful during the COVID-19 global health crisis. Please know that we are working tirelessly to address the emotional needs of our students and families during this difficult time.Keller ISD's Departments of Counseling and Counseling Intervention Services know that parenting can be difficult at times. During times of stress, there are resources that can assist our parents, offer support, and help guide you.