MISSION (NEWS 1130) — The principal of a school in Mission has taken to social media to remind parents — and everyone else — to be careful what they say about COVID-19 around children.
Silverdale Elementary’s Rob Clark has posted a two-minute video on Twitter reminding everyone there should be no stigma attached to testing positive for the virus.
“This doesn’t happen because you’ve done something wrong. This spreads because it spreads. Make sure you’re not contributing to social isolation from them.”
My #COVID19 experience. It broke my heart talking to a child who felt ashamed and thought they were going to die because they got Covid. #Mentalhealth matters. Talk to your kids about Covid. @BCPVPA @Pam_Alexis_ pic.twitter.com/5bsqsxjM0a
— Rob Clark (@rclarksd75) December 7, 2020
Clark says he cried when a student from another school expressed fears about dying.
“The news that we hear is not always meant for kids and how much we focus on specific topics isn’t always meant for kids. Make sure you’re not stigmatizing it. Because the last thing I want is our kids to think that it’s a death sentence. I also don’t want them to think it’s something they need to be ashamed of.”
Clark says Silverdale is currently COVID-free, but he was disturbed when a relatively healthy student from another school disclosed fears about testing positive for COVID-19.
“Just hearing that from a kid, that was hard. The big concern I have is kids hear everything their parents say. The more doom and gloom that they hear, the more it affects them.”
After counselling the distraught student, Clark says he wants all adults to understand they need to be careful around children.
“How are we talking to kids about COVID? They felt ashamed when they found out they had COVID-19. They also felt that they were going to do.”