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How to Talk to Your Child About the News
Tragic news is reported every day. Sometimes these events can cause distress to people of all ages. Although you may try to avoid having your children see upsetting reports about violence or natural disasters, you can't always be successful. Use these resources to help you navigate a difficult conversation: Learn how children perceive the news and how to talk to them about what they see with these tips from KidsHealth. Seeing news about upsetting events — like terrorist attacks, mass shootings, and natural disasters — can make kids worry that something similar could happen to them or their loved ones. It also can make them fear some part of daily life (like thunderstorms) that they never worried about before. Parents can help kids deal with these disturbing stories and images. Talk together about what they watch or hear and put frightening information into a reasonable context. Can the News Make Kids Worry: Depending on their age or maturity level, kids might not yet understand the differences between fact and fantasy. But by the time they're 7 or 8, what kids see on TV can seem all too real. For some, coverage of a sensational news story is internalized and becomes something that might happen to them. A child watching a news story about a bus bombing or a shooting in a crowded public place might worry, "Could I be next? Could that happen to me?" Natural disasters can be personalized in the same way. Kids who see footage of floods from a hurricane far away may spend a sleepless night worrying about whether their home will be OK in a rainstorm. TV and the Internet "shrink" the world and bring it into our homes. With a focus on violent stories, the news can make the world seem more dangerous to kids than it really is. How Can Parents Talk About the News? To calm children's fears about the news, parents should be prepared to deliver the truth, but only as much truth as a child needs to know. The key is to be honest and help kids feel safe. There's no need to go into more details than your child is interested in. Although it's true that some things — like a natural disaster — can't be controlled, parents should still give kids space to share their fears. Encourage them to talk openly about what scares them. Older kids are less likely to accept an explanation at face value. Their budding skepticism about the news and how it's produced and sold might mask anxieties they have about the stories covered. If older kids are bothered by a story, help them cope with these fears. An adult's willingness to listen sends a powerful message. Teens also can be encouraged to consider why a frightening or disturbing story was on the air: Was it to increase the program's ratings or because it was truly newsworthy? In this way, a scary story can be turned into a worthwhile discussion about the role and mission of the news. What Else Can Help? It's always important to keep an eye on kids' TV and online viewing habits so you know what they hear and see. Other tips: Discuss current events with your kids regularly. Help them think through stories they see or hear about. Ask questions: What do you think about these events? How do you think these things happen? Watch the news with your kids to filter inappropriate or frightening stories. Anticipate when guidance is needed and avoid shows that are graphic or inappropriate. If you're uncomfortable with the content of the news, turn it off. Put news stories in context. Broaden the discussion from a disturbing news item to a larger conversation: Use the story of a natural disaster as a way to talk about philanthropy, cooperation, and the ways that people cope with hardship. Was an event an isolated incident or related to something else? This helps kids make better sense of what they hear. Talk about what you can do to help. After a tragic event, finding ways to help those affected by it can give kids a sense of control and help them feel more secure. Call SAMHSA's DistressLine for immediate crisis counseling. If you or your child needs support, call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs"to 66746 for help 24/7 in English, Spanish, and for those with hearing disabilities.
Dental and physical examinations for 2nd, 7th, and 12th grade students.
West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2423: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention requires that students starting 2nd, 7th grade, and 12th grade provide proof of a dental and physical examination.

These examinations are in addition to the immunization requirements already in place for 7th and 12th grade students. Call the lead school nurse, Paula McCoy, at 304-647-6470 with any questions.
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Instruction on HIV/Aids and sexually transmitted diseases
As required by WV code and WV Board of Education Policy, students receive instruction on the principle modes by which communicable diseases, including, but not limited to, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) are prevented, spread and transmitted. WV code (§18-2-9) also reads” An opportunity shall be afforded to the parent or guardian of a child subject to instruction in the prevention, transmission and spread of HIV/aids and other sexually transmitted diseases to examine the course curriculum requirements and materials to be used in such instruction. The parent or guardian may exempt such child from participation in such instruction by giving notice to that effect in writing to the school principal.”
Counseling Services Available for Students
Seneca Health Services can provide professional counseling services to our elementary students at their school if parental permission if obtained. Medicaid, private insurance, and CHIPS are billed for such services. Please contact your school principal, or the lead school nurse, Paula McCoy at 304-647-6470 if you are interested in these services.
Oral Disease Prevention Project 2018
Early in school year 2018-2019 students in grades 2nd and 3rd who do not have a dental home will be given the opportunity to receive a dental examination and have a fluoride varnish and dental sealants placed on their teeth. This project is made possible through grant funds that cover the supplies, and through the generous donation of time and talent by members of the Greenbrier Valley Dental Association. Look for more information coming soon.