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Comal ISD Posts Information to Help Students Cope with COVID-19

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Comal ISD Posts Information to Help Students Cope with COVID-19

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Comal ISD Superintendent Andrew Kim, left, said the district has added to its Student Support Services website information about supporting students' mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo courtesy of Comal ISD.

by Andrew Kim
Superintendent, Comal ISD

Before I share with you today’s message, I want to take a moment to apologize. As you can imagine, not everyone agrees with the decisions I am making. Please know that we are doing our best to make decisions that are in the best interest of our students, staff, families and community. With each day, we are committed to doing a better job than we did the day before because I know my work impacts our staff, you, and your children.

With that, I think it is important to acknowledge the stress and anxiety your child may be feeling over our current school closure and the disruption to their normal routines. As adults, we may also have worries and fears over the unknown situation we are currently navigating. It is important in times like this that we are aware the overall mental wellness needs of our family.

Personally, I know that I should be trying to keep to a routine, spend time unplugged from the barrage of information, engage in something creative, talk with relatives on the phone, read, and be mindful of the fact that it is okay to feel anxious in times of uncertainty. I can’t say that I’m always successful in doing so, but I’m working on it.

I want to assure you that Comal ISD is committed, through our Student Support Services Department, to helping students and families remain mentally well during this time. To that end, we are making available to our students and families resources to support mental wellness during this situation on our Student Support Services Website. These resources are related to talking to our children about feelings related to COVID-19, community mental health partnerships, and general social/emotional activities. I want to thank Dr. Joe McKenna and Kristi Elliott for putting this information together.

(To visit the website, click here.)

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this current situation. I will continue to share more with you as things develop.

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