The Latest on COVID-19
This page contains important links and information for the Kolbe Academy community in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Government and State Information
Our MARS counselor, Eli, has been in contact with families. He has arranged for Group Teletherapy Counseling by Zoom on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11am-1pm. These sessions will continue. Eli is available to both parent and student. If you need to contact him, his cellphone number can be found in your weekly email blast.
Northampton County new mental health support line is available to help folks get through this troubling time. Available 24/7. Call toll free: 1-855-284-2494.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers an Online Support Community for Parents & Caregivers. Denise Mariano, the long time leader of this organization, provides successful personal and practical experience and wealth of knowledge, compassion and readiness to help. Available groups and details on how to join can be found here.
OASIS Community Center has also been working with the various Center support groups to set up videoconferencing meetings via Zoom. Some available meetings include: Restorative Yoga & Meditation Class, Daily Connection, Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA), Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA), Al-Anon Family Group, Grief Group Therapy, and Parent & Family Support Group. For the full list of OASIS support groups and information on how to join, please view the calendar on their website here. OASIS is also available by email and phone. Reach out to Rhonda Miller, Executive Director, Certified Family Recovery Specialist: by phone at 484-747-6825, by video chat via Skype at Rhonda.miller880, by video chat or text messaging via Facebook Messenger at facebook.com/rhonda.c.miller.3, by email to email@example.com.
Walk-in Clinics: KidsPeace’s outpatient locations in Lehigh and Monroe counties (PA) offer free walk-in mental health assessments by clinically trained professionals. Seeking an assessment in person is allowed under state-issued “shelter-in-place” travel restrictions. However, individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who are concerned about social distancing should call the office nearest them and have the clinical professional do the assessment over the phone. The service is available during business hours at these locations:
- Allentown (two locations)
801 E Green Street (across from Dieruff High School); 610-799-8910
451 W Chew Street, Suite #105 (St. Luke’s Sacred Heart Hospital Campus); 610-776-5465
- Bethlehem (KidsPeace Broadway Campus Family Center)
1620 Broadway, Bethlehem; 610-799-8600
- Monroe County
1151 Pocono Boulevard, Suite #2, Mt Pocono, PA; 570-243-8787
Both RCN and Service Electric have announced and are offering free internet to any family during this time who does not have internet access needed for schoolwork. Here are the details:
- RCN is offering Lifeline Internet Program for Students (K-12): First 60 days FREE of 25Mbps RCN Internet; Includes modem, router and network access maintenance fee; No credit check; No activation fee; No installation fee; and No contract. An adult over the age of 18 living in the household must call and request enrollment in the Lifeline Internet Program. RCN cannot schedule installations called in by a minor. There is a specific hotline set up for this program. Orders can be placed by phone beginning Saturday, March 20, at noon. Call 866-926-6704.
- Service Electric is offering 3 months of free internet access at this time to help the community stay connected. Click here for details.
How Teenagers can Protect Their Mental Health During COVID-19
KidsPeace reviews many articles pertaining to mental health and personal well-being. They recently shared with us this UNICEF article focused on how adolescents can protect their mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.
TeenCentral.com is another resource available to teens. This web-based confidential and anonymous service provides a range of information and encouragement to older kids and teens – including the opportunity to submit questions and concerns and get an individualized response from clinical experts — provided in a “safe space” for young people who may have reluctance to discuss such matters with parents or other adults.
Talking to Your Children About Coronavirus
The coronavirus has been upsetting to everyone. Our usual coping mechanisms of coming together in times of stress are now being discouraged and we are forced to keep our distance from each other. For families caring for a child, youth or young adult, not seeing friends and worry about the possibility of getting sick may heighten anxiety. Our Intermediate Unit 20 has shared the following resources to help families support their children in this difficult time:
- Supporting Kids During the COVID-19 Crisis: Tips for nurturing and protecting children at home
- How to Avoid Passing Anxiety on to Your Kids
- Video Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Parent/Teacher Education Resources
As schools provide continuity of education for all students, PDE Content Advisors have compiled resources for educators to use when planning instruction. Resources are arranged by subject area and include both teacher and student-friendly sites. The resources are available here: https://www.pdesas.org/Home/FeaturedContent?contentItemId=741736
Diocese of Allentown News and Updates on COVID-19
The Diocese of Allentown has developed a new source for Catholic news! AD Today is a new online resources for the latest local, national, and world Catholic news. This news source will feature news stories and photographs covering current events, inspiring stories, and information on how to practice your faith. Stay up to date with the latest news by subscribing today to the free email newsletter, delivered each week to you on Thursday morning by email.
Online Mass Options
You can virtually attend Mass. Allentown Bishop Alfred Schlert is celebrating daily Mass from his private chapel, and it is livestreamed on AD Today. The Mass is at 8am Mondays through Saturdays and at 10am on Sundays. To watch the Mass, go to www.ad-today.com and click “Join Here” at the top.
In addition to this daily livestream Mass, Cable TV Station EWTN televises two live Masses each Sunday at 8am and Noon. Service Electric in Lehigh Valley is on Channel 18. RCN in the Lehigh Valley is on Channel 326. Also, Catholic TV (Service Electric Channel 54) also broadcasts Sunday Mass at 7am.
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