CCPS school staff are available for parents/guardians who have concerns about their children's social, emotional and behavioral development.  Please visit your school's website under Announcements for your counselor, school psychologist and Pupil Personnel Worker (PPW) phone numbers. If you have a question or need support from a school psychologist during the summer, call Dr. Michael Blanchard, Supervising School Psychologist, Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 301-539-2443.


Talking with your children about COVID-19

An outbreak of COVID-19, a respiratory disease first diagnosed late last year in China, is now a pandemic — meaning it is a global outbreak. It is not known how many cases of COVID-19 there are in the U.S., but it is a contagious disease with the severity of the illness varying from person to person.

Showing concern without panicking, and taking precautions to reduce the risk of illness or spreading it to others, are appropriate actions. Parents and guardians can help their children cope with anxiety about COVID-19 by providing facts and correct information about illness prevention.

Children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful situations and events. A child’s anxiety will rise if they see their parents are overly worried, according to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Parents can reassure their child that health and school officials are working hard to make sure people are staying healthy. Children need age-appropriate information and facts. Depending on their age, talk to your child about the seriousness of illness and the steps they can take to prevent becoming ill or spreading an illness to others. Giving a child a sense of control can help ease their anxiety. The NASP recommends the following:

  • Remain calm and reassuring.
  • Make yourself available.
  • Avoid excessive blaming.
  • Monitor television viewing and social media use.
  • Maintain a normal routine as much as possible.
  • Be honest and accurate.
  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19 and
  • Talk about and model proper hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices that can prevent illness.