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A Coeducational School | Early Learners to Third Grade

How to Talk to Children about COVID-19

Children may have questions and be anxious about what coronavirus means to them and how it might affect them. Here are some thoughts on how to talk with children:
    1. Check your own feelings before you begin a conversation,
    2. Remember to listen to what your children are asking; assess what they know and what they want to know more about,
    3. Remind children that hand washing is the best way to stay healthy, washing hands for at least 20 second with soap; remind children of all the ways they are safe (the people, systems, protocols that keep them safe every day,
    4. Spend time together in normal routines. Our children thrive on consistent routines and are egocentric in a lovely way! They want to know how their immediate lives are going to be affected.  Being together and continuing regular schedules helps reinforce that they are okay and that you are here for them,
    5. Limit exposure to media. Young children especially, may feel the event is happening over and over again when the news stories are repeated,
    6. "Look for the helpers!" as Mr. Rogers reminds us.  In times of worry, stress, and scary events, there are always people who come out to help.

Upholding our diverse and inclusive community

One of our proudest hallmarks as a school community is our rich and beautiful diversity, a gift that serves to bring us closer together whether we are engaged in outdoor play, Global Studies preparations or in the throes of emergency preparedness planning.  Beauvoir’s Head of School, Director of Guidance, Chaplain, and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will be providing additional resources that should serve us well during times of questions, concerns, or uncertainty. The following resources, however, may be helpful to you now:



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Our Mission

At Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, we provide an extraordinary early childhood education in a diverse community that values every individual. Beauvoir’s program encourages creative, courageous learners and builds an enduring foundation for a lifelong spirit of inquiry and joy in learning.
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