Coronavirus Resources

Counselors' Corner

Social distancing and our “new normal” can surface emotions we didn't even know we had. Our Walker Counselors are here to help. Check here regularly for tips to support your family’s social and emotional well-being. 
Introduction to Mindfulness Moments
It is so important to take a moment and pause during your day. Check out the video below for an introduction to Mindfulness Moments. Click on the "Mindfulness Moments with Walker Counselors" button to the right for videos of breathing exercises. Keep breathing, Wolverines!
Five strategies to build resilience and have reassuring conversations with kids
1. Stay Positive: Remember to keep calm. If you show anxiety or fear, your child will pick up on this and also feel nervous and afraid. Ask how your child is feeling and acknowledge and address their worries rather than ignore them. 

2. Stick to the facts: It is important to have thoughtful conversations regarding the coronavirus to distill anxiety, worry or fear. Consider your child’s age, processing, and emotions to determine how to frame these conversations to ensure your child understands. It can also be comforting to be reminded that doctors around the world are looking for ways to address the coronavirus and highlight positive news as well.

3. Consider Media Consumption: When looking online, consider the source and fact-check to prevent fake news, and think before you share. Try to keep a healthy balance (both online and offline) in your daily routines and lifestyle. 

4. Eliminate stigma: It is important to be aware of how the coronavirus is explained to your children to avoid any person/group being blamed. Also communicate that if someone has a fever or cough does not mean this person has the coronavirus. 

5. Boost Your Coping Strategies: When anyone has change or uncertainty this can create some levels of worry or anxiety. It is important to use positive coping strategies to manage those emotions. As every person is different, so too are our coping strategies. Coping strategies can include: positive self-talk, singing, dancing, reading, drawing, music, Netflix/movies, create a gratitude list, meditation, yoga, coloring, exercise, cooking/baking, talking to a friend or family member, or doing other activities that are fun or give you joy and make you feel good.

If you notice your child is still worried or anxious, be assured that this is a normal reaction, and continue conversations and providing care for your child. If you find that additional support is needed, please reach out to one of our counselors who can refer you to outside counseling or to schedule time with you or your child to make a plan on how to support them during this time. 

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    How To Talk To Children About COVID-19

    Early elementary school children need brief, simple information that should balance COVID-19 facts with appropriate reassurances that their schools and homes are safe and that adults are there to help keep them healthy and to take care of them if they do get sick. Give simple examples of the steps people take every day to stop germs and stay healthy, such as washing hands. Use language such as “adults are working hard to keep you safe.”

    Resources For Younger/Elementary Children: 
    Managing fear/explaining COVID-19: (please watch/review before you show your child)

    NPR comic book
    BrainPop Coronavirus cartoon
    Books/resources on managing children’s fear
    The Yucky Bug Book Read Aloud (by Julia Cook)

    Middle school and high school students are able to discuss the issue in a more in-depth (adult-like) fashion and can be referred directly to appropriate sources of COVID-19 facts. Provide honest, accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control.
  • Expectations for Social Distancing

    The goal of social distancing is to prevent the spread of illness. The Walker School has made arrangements for our students to continue their learning at home so that we can be a part of the solution in “flattening the curve.”. If parents allow their children to congregate or if families continue to meet for social outings, it contradicts the efforts of the community. Although we all will want to socially interact, we ask that you remain at home with your family so that we can work together to contain this disease and get back to our normal lives as soon as possible.
  • Make a schedule

    The counseling team also asks that you set up a schedule at home while the building is closed. Our students need to have a wake-up time and bedtime similar to what they would normally do during the school day. Here is an example of a schedule and a blank template for you to complete. Depending on age, work with your child to complete their schedule.

    We also ask that you provide our students with academic time during the day and have your student refrain from social media, video games, or social online activity during the hours of  8:00 a.m - 3:30 p.m. We want all families to have a school schedule without having to also navigate the distractions of online social expectations. However, please provide your student with academic breaks during the day.

    If online social interaction operates in your household, please be extremely vigilant about monitoring these exchanges so that students do not engage in cyberbullying activities.
  • Childcare/Supervision Guidelines

    The Cobb County Division of Family and Children Services offers the following guidelines:
    • Children 8 years old and under should never be left alone, even for short periods of time.
    • Children between the ages of 9 and 12, based on the level of maturity, can be left home alone for brief periods of time (2 hours or less).
    • Children 13 and older can generally be left as babysitters, with the exception of children in foster care. It is not recommended, however, that 13 year olds babysit infants, small children, and children that require speciaattention due to medical conditions.
    • If you would like more information about how to determine if your child is mature enough (even if they meet the age guidelines above) to stay home without supervision, please see this article here.)
  • Crisis Support

    In an emergency situation, please call 911 or take your child to the nearest emergency room. Should you feel your child’s safety is at risk, at this time or any other time, please contact 911, go to the nearest emergency room, or take your child to one of the following hospitals:

    Peachford Hospital (ages 4 and up)
    2151 Peachford Road
    Atlanta, GA 30338

    Ridgeview Institute (ages 13 and up)
    (844) 350-8800
    3995 South Cobb Drive
    Smyrna, GA 30080 

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  • Katie Yielding, LPC

    Primary School Counselor
    770-427-2689 ext. 4081
  • Kristin Moffett, Ed.S.

    Lower School Counselor
    770-427-2689 ext. 5501
  • Dr. Jen Swales

    Middle School Counselor
    770-427-2689 ext. 5502
  • Dr. Emily Hall

    Upper School Counselor
    770-427-2689 ext. 4505
  • Main Campus

    700 Cobb Parkway North
    Marietta, GA 30062
  • Primary School

    830 Damar Road
    Marietta, GA 30062
The Walker School is a private, co-ed day school offering opportunities in academics, arts, and athletics for preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students in Metro Atlanta.