Resources from the School Social Worker
Resources from the School Social Worker:
Below you will find some resources/announcements that have been given to you by our school social Worker, Angie Huber. If you have questions, please call her. Her number is (703) 988-8222. She has Behavioral Health Therapists names who are still currently working right now and can connect you to upon request.
The Virginia Department of Social Services has launched COVID-19 Virginia Resources a new mobile app and website designed to operate as a one-stop resource to access benefits, services and critical COVID-19-related programs Virginians need most right now.
Please note also that DFS has created a new video for customers on how to apply for benefits: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/financial-and-medical/apply
Support Lines and Resources
Resources for Students
Resources for Parents
*Raising Connected, Successful, Happy Kids through Art in Challenging Times
*Zumba Meets Social Emotional Arts
*Beat the Odds: Drumming for Resilience
*Art Games for Real or Virtual Connection
Stress Relief Strategies
Click here to see suggestions to help relive stress in 10 minutes or less.
We know that some of the school communities are looking for information to help support conversations or discussions regarding the recent violence in Texas. In response to this violence, students and school communities may be experiencing a wide variety of feelings. Organizations such as School Social Work Association of America (SWWAA), American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and The National Child Stress Network have compiled online resources to help school staff members provide ongoing support to students and families. Below are some of these resources that you may find helpful in talking to your child. Please let Angie Huber, School Social Worker, know if there is anything we can do to support you.
- NASP Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
- NASP Guidance for Reinforcing Safe, Supportive and Positive School Environments for All Students
- Talking to Children about the Shooting
- ASCA Helping Kids After a Shooting
- FCPS Website Blog
Eating Disorders Becoming a Big Concern
According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2013),
Thirty million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder and millions more will battle food and body image issues at some point in their lives. Eating disorders are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity and relationships. They are not a fad, phase, or lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health.
In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed eating disorder documents with detailed information to be provided to parents and guardians of Fairfax County Public Schools. The letter and fact sheet have been translated and posted on the following webpage:
Public Charge Rules
Please see the link of information regarding public charge rules families accessing public assistance and immigration. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless/sites/homeless/files/assets/documents/public%20charge%20stakeholder%20update.pdf
Health Department Vape Warnings
As Fairfax County and FCPS continue to battle the vaping epidemic, the Fairfax County Health Department has made informational flyers available regarding the severe lung illness associated with vaping. Flyers are available on the FCPS student (found here) and parent (found here) webpages, as well as the Student Safety and Wellness Vaping Education Resources intranet page
Video: What Parents Need to Know About E-Cigarettes
In this video from Fairfax County Government, tobacco control coordinator Shannon Raines discusses e-cigarettes with Brian Maslowski, a tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs seminar instructor from Fairfax County Public Schools. They cover how e-cigarettes work; how they are different from cigarettes; and why they are harmful, especially to youth. Watch the video.
E-Cigarettes, Vaping and Juuling Information
Information for parents regarding the health risks associated with vaping are addressed in the following link.