Social Emotional Wellness
Welcome to Edgefield County Schools' Social Emotional Wellness webpage; your source for staff, student, and family resources to promote social and emotional wellness. Edgefield County School District's goal is to help provide our students, families, and staff with supports to keep us healthy and safe in all areas including social, emotional, and mental health. Here you can find activities and resources to support your social, emotional, and mental wellness. Under each section you can find information specific to your needs.
At times, it can be a struggle to maintain our social and emotional health. On the Resources page, you will find a listing of professionals and agencies that may offer support during difficult times. Please seek support from a licensed mental health professional if you are experiencing overwhelming emotions, need strategies for managing emotions, or determining next steps.
Research has shown that physical activity can improve your mental wellbeing. When boredom sets in, it's time to get up and move. Try walking, running, dancing, swimming, yoga, and gardening to name a few. The amazing thing about Edgefield County is that we have plenty of outdoor space to roam (keeping our appropriate social distancing in mind).
If you are stuck indoors try some movement videos on youtube. Our teachers and students like videos from https://www.gonoodle.com/ !
During this time, we have to be creative on how to socialize with those we care about without the risk of spreading COVID-19. One way is to video chat with your favorite people via Facetime, Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc.
Some of our teachers here in Edgefield County are keeping their classroom communities going by having Zoom meetings with their students. So far we think everyone is enjoying the new interactions and keeping in contact.
Routines and Choices
One way to keep everyone on track is to keep a family routine or schedule. Depending on your family you may need an hour by hour schedule, or if you are more laid back just a to-do list for the day. Having a routine continues to give you purpose, and during a time of uncertainty we all need a purpose.
Also, consider an activity choice board for downtime, and allow your student to pick 3 activities a day. This may take some time and thought to prepare, but will be well worth it as the week(s) goes on.
As many parents are now having to help students with school work, there may be times of frustration and the student may shutdown. When this happens, allow them to have a break, or give them the choice of the academic task to complete. Remember our teachers are here to support you during this time, so please call if you have any questions.