As we live out our vibrant faith by asking and trusting God to lead us to safety through this season, we want to assure you that the safety of the children we serve and our staff is at the top of our list. However, we want to approach COVID-19 safety measures not with fear, but with the peace, God has promised in John 14:27.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
We are continually monitoring COVID-19 developments and updates from WHO, CDC, Texas Department of State Health Services, and especially TISD and other districts we work with for any local updates.
Here's a TISD page link to keep you informed about what's happening in a local district.
As for now, we want you to know we will continue our services with recommended healthy practices in place to ensure our kids are safe and having fun. We'll communicate any necessary updates as soon as possible.
Here are some tips from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for talking to kids about COVID-19:
- For older children, ask them what they’ve heard about COVID-19 and what questions they might have. Gauge their level of knowledge and help them sort fact from fiction.
- It is a parent, or positive mentor’s job to help young people feel safe and secure. Reassure young people if they are worried, that they are safe. It’s important that kids are not asked to support their caregivers' concerns or worries.
- Share with them what you know and what you don’t know. Help them understand that scientists are studying the virus every day and are learning more. Be sure to create opportunities for more conversations as more information is understood about the virus.
- For younger and older children, one of the best things you can do is reinforce healthy hygiene habits. Ask them: What do we do now to stay healthy? What could we do more of? What can we do better? Here is some prevention guidance from the Centers for Disease Control to protect yourself and your family.
- Don’t forget to try to make it fun! Especially for younger children, focus on healthy habits, and make up a game to reinforce them. For example, make up a contest for coming up with a new fun song to sing every time they wash their hands (that lasts 20 seconds).
In addition to these, we encourage you to have times of prayer with them about this situation. Our prayers can change things, and you'll be showing your kids the importance of a vibrant faith by taking action while trusting in Jesus for the outcomes.