Resources for Families

  • Hello Arcola Parents! We truly value you as an essential stakeholder in your child's education. Please use the resources below for COVID-19, Grief, and Changing Families to help your family as needed. 
    COVID-19/Distance Learning Resources
    LCPS is providing continuity of education through the development of online learning experiences that are consistent with the curriculum. The current emphasis in these experiences is on providing families with resources through this LCPS Continuity of Education Website that they can use with students to reinforce skills and knowledge. At this time these experiences and activities are considered a resource for students and families and should be considered, encouraged but optional.
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    Resources For Students

    During this time of uncertainty, there are many things we can do to help strengthen our bonds and keep ourselves busy. Below are just a few examples:

    1. Exercise! Go for a walk, do an outdoor treasure hunt, practice yoga.

    2. Establish routine! School Age students thrive with routine as it can provide safety.

    3. Clear out and organize! Use this time to clear out old clothing, school supplies, or other clutter and organize what is left.

    4. Tell family stories! Kids love hearing stories about when you were their age. Or, challenge each other to come up with the wildest creative writing story.

    5. Create a gratitude journal! Helping children focus on what is positive will help keep stress and anxiety at bay.

    6. Prepare a Homework Area! Create a "go-to" spot for your child to focus on assignments and stock it with the necessary materials ahead of time (Click here for tips).

    7. Create Digital Sunset! Turn off technology at a designated time each night to help the family wind down from the day and encourage a good night's sleep! (Click here to learn how)

    8. Check in Daily! See link below for creative ideas on how to ask about your child's day.(Click here) for tips.

    9. Get Connected! Familiarize yourself with your child's teacher school-home communication.

    10. Play! School can be emotionally draining. Encourage your child to play everyday.

    11. Watch a movie! You can make it educational by having your child look for specific things througout the movie and discuss afterward or write a short summary of the movie.

    12. Cook! Try out a new receipe or teach your child a traditional/favorite food.

    13. Learn a new skill! YouTube is a great resource for tutorials on a variety of topics (parent supervision recommended).

    14. Practice handwriting, study skills, time management, etc. This is a great time to review and practice skills students will need for success.


    Grief Resources


    Please Don’t

    Minimize their pain

    Stifle their feelings

    Avoid talking about it

    Assume you know what they are feeling and experiencing

    Be upset if their behavior regresses

    Expect their grades to be the same

    Feel like you have to ‘fix’ them

    Hurry them through their feelings

    Be afraid to admit “you don’t know”

    Tell them to get over it

    Encourage them not to think about it


    Please Do

    Be open to the expression of all feelings

    Give them extra time & attention

    Use correct words like “died”

    Maintain their daily routine, but allow for grieving time

    Listen to their fear & concern

    Allow them to tell and retell their experience

    Encourage time to play

    Continue to set appropriate limits

    Remind them of their good qualities

    Offer consistent reassurance, support, & hope

    Allow time for remembering


    Changing Families Resources 

    Supporting Children Through Divorce

     Please Do:

    Talk with your child & comfort them

    Seek comfort from your adult friends or a professional counselor

    Put your children, and their stability as your first priority

    Know that your happiness will help your child

    A happier parent is a more patient & attentive parent

    Ask for help and advice, you and your child are not alone!

    Continue to be consistent with discipline, children need boundaries to feel safe!  (Especially during a big life change like divorce)


    Tell Your Child:

    That divorce does not change either of your love for them

    You are all still a family

    Divorce is an adult problem between adults

    It is NOT their fault!  (Children often blame themselves!)

    That they are not alone!


    Please Don’t:

    Ask your child in word or deed to comfort or take care of you

    Put your child in the middle or ask your child to take sides

    Expect your child to “get over” the divorce, adjustment is ongoing!

    Stop appropriate discipline

    Take out your anger & hurt on your child