CDC Spotlight on Resources for Helping Students from Puerto Rico and U.S.V.I. Cope

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Spotlight on Resources for Helping Students from Puerto Rico and U.S.V.I. Cope

Please share these resources with schools and youth organizations.

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, many Puerto Ricans and U.S. Virgin Islanders are relocating to the continental U.S., including many children. Moving and starting a new school can be hard for any child.  These new students face the additional challenges of coping with their experiences during the hurricane, and possible loss or separation from family and friends. They need to adjust to a new culture, school, and home. Community and youth organizations and schools can help these new students cope with these challenges and can help other students understand their situations and welcome their new peers. CDC’s EPIC is sharing materials developed by CDC and our EPIC partners to help community leaders and teachers provide the best environment for children coming from U.S.V.I. and Puerto Rico

Resources for Helping Children Cope

Children respond differently to stress and trauma and may struggle to express how they are feeling. These resources explain how children disasters and relocation may affect children and how adults can help.

A more general resource link for kids impacted by disaster is at: https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/index.html.

The entire blog, including additional studies, resources and initial reports is under CDC’s Public Health Matters blog page: https://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2018/02/kids-cope/.