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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166


SEL: Discussing Coronavirus with Students, Parents, and Each Other

By Doug Judge, Director of Social Emotional Learning

As we navigate the ever-changing and challenging circumstances created by Coronavirus, we rely on our social and emotional learning strategies and skills to support ourselves and each other. It is important that we continue to build and share these skills and tools as we move ahead together with our family members, students and communities.

Here are resources for discussing Coronavirus with students, helpful RULER lessons for parents and new resources for staff.

Elementary students

This comic for kids from NPR is a developmentally accessible way of discussing Coronavirus with younger students.

Secondary students

This brief from Popular Science looks at the science  of COVID-19 from a teen's perspective.

Tips for helping teens cope with stress:

5 Tips to Help Teens Cope with Stress


Almost two-thirds of our Highline schools are now using RULER, an approach to developing skills for emotional intelligence. All of our pre-K and elementary schools have been trained in RULER, along with a growing number of middle and high schools. Parents can use these skills and tools with their students to support them in these difficult times and give them a chance to practice Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating (RULER) their emotions.

Here are Family Connections RULER lessons, K-5, along with a lesson in Spanish:

Additional Resources for Staff

To support ongoing adult wellness during our time away from school, every Friday we will publish “SEL Weekly Wellness Strategy” on the Highline Public Schools Coronavirus resource page and on our Highline SEL Twitter site: @HighlineSEL

For additional resources for students and families, please visit the new School Closure on the Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Canvas page.

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More Info

This is an evolving situation. Stay up to date by consulting the following webpages:

Good Hygiene

Please remind your student of the importance of following good hygiene practices that prevent the spread of communicable diseases:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or a tissue.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use alcohol hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick. See our guidelines for when to stay home.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.