Updates and Support

Info From the LES Counseling Office

Who is my child's School Counselor? 
  • 1st grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade:  Mrs. Mader
  • Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 5th grade:  Mr. Jessie
How do I reach my child's School Counselor?
  • LES Counselors are available Monday - Friday, 7:15 am - 2:45 pm 
  • Contact via phone at 502-222-9454
    • Mrs. Mader: ext. 320
    • Mr. Jessie: ext. 420
  • Contact via email
    • Mrs. Mader:  bethany.mader@oldham.kyschools.us    
    • Mr. Jessie:  jacob.jessie@oldham.kyschools.us
  • Check social media for updates and additional information
    • Follow La Grange Elementary & Oldham Co. School accounts

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

Talking to your kids about the coronavirus might feel overwhelming. Here are some recommendations from the Child Mind Institute, Inc. to help guide your conversations. 

  • Don’t be afraid to discuss the coronavirus. Most children have heard about the virus, so parents shouldn’t avoid talking about it.  Your goal is to help your children feel more informed and get fact-based information that is likely more reassuring than whatever they’re hearing from their friends or on the news. 

  • Be developmentally appropriate.  Don’t volunteer too much information, as this may be overwhelming.  Answer your child’s questions honestly and clearly. It’s okay if you can’t answer everything. 

  • Take your cues from your child.  Invite your child to tell you anything they may have heard about the coronavirus, and how they feel. Give them ample opportunity to ask questions.

  • Deal with your own anxiety.  If you notice that you are feeling anxious, take some time to calm down before trying to have a conversation or answer your child’s questions.

  • Be reassuring.  It’s helpful to reassure your child about how rare the coronavirus actually is (the flu is much more common) and that kids actually seem to have milder symptoms.

  • Focus on what you’re doing to stay safe. An important way to reassure kids is to emphasize the safety precautions that you are taking.

  • Stick to routine.  Make sure you are taking care of the basics just like you would during a spring break or summer vacation. Structured days with regular mealtimes and bedtimes are an essential part of keeping kids happy and healthy.

  • Keep talking. Tell kids that you will continue to keep them updated as you learn more.