Resources During COVID-19 Closure

Links from our Mindset Matters Column

  1. This article helps explain what happens in the brain when we are faced with a crisis, and how we can work towards building resilience amidst the stress of what is happening around us.
  2. This article offers some very concrete ways to develop and maintain a positive outlook in our day to day lives.
  3. Here are some tangible things we can do to help ourselves find calm and resilience in these difficult times of uncertainty, fear, and physical distancing.
  4. Here is an article that helps to put things into perspective about our time at home with our kids and families and encourages us to focus on what really matters in these challenging times.
  5. Tips for helping your child work through their worries about what is happening in the world right now
  6. More links to online resources, for kids of all ages!
  7. Things to consider when helping your child (and perhaps yourself) create a plan for successful self-directed learning.
  8. Here are some tips for making self-care a priority during these difficult times.
  9. Here is a fun and very educational way to shift our minds away from feeling isolated at home and to really appreciate the MUCH larger world and universe we are a part of!
  10. Here is a glimpse at some of the good that is happening globally in the midst of these very challenging world events.
  11. This article offers an interesting perspective and asks us to consider if our current situation is actually "the ultimate reset".
  12. This article explores how our current situation is impacting teenagers particularly hard.
  13. This article highlights and explores some of the many emotions you and those around you may be experiencing.
  14. This article provides a very interesting glimpse into how the physical world is responding to the unprecedented quiet that is arising as a result of social and physical distancing.
  15. This article offers some excellent tips for salvaging "a disaster day" during these difficult times of distance learning and working.
  16. This article explores and reveals the very human side of our new reality and the lasting lessons we may just be able to take away from all of this.
  17. This article explores the moments of reconnection and the opportunities for change that seem to be emerging almost daily for all of us, regardless of our age or profession.
  18. Here is a great article from CMHA that encourages us to #GetReal about how we are feeling and to honestly explore how are we really doing and the danger of always saying "I'm fine"
  19. Need an emotional boost and mindset pep talk? Explore this collection of 10 inspiring TEDTalks that focus on growth mindset and other themes such as resilience, perseverance, stamina, overcoming obstacles and working towards personal goals.
  20. This article reminds us that these are unique times and that we need to make sure we afford ourselves extra self-care.
  21. Here are some excellent mindfulness exercises for you to explore as a way of finding some grounding and quiet space.
  22. This site aims to share all the good that exists around us and this is so important for us to remember right now. Enjoy!

The HDSB has compiled a list of mental health resources for parents/guardians and students. Please click here to access the list of resources.

  1. Health Canada has launched a new mental health online portal. Click here to access the site.
  2. Check out this CBC article with lots of information on free mental health supports in Ontario.
  3. If you or someone you know is a healthcare provider, click here for information on free mental health support just for you.
  4. The Therapy Centre is offering free online workshops to help parents and adults navigate the stress related to COVID-19.

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s 24/7 national support service for young people. They offer professional counselling, information and referrals, and volunteer-led, text-based support. Click here for more info.

Online Resources for Families

Click HERE to view a number of links and ideas to help pass the time. Many are virtual tours of some of the world's most amazing museums, animal cams from around the world, and a few links to academic courses that are being offered from Ivy Leagues schools.

As the education landscape continues to evolve due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Nelson is committed to providing parents, students, and educators with open access to trusted materials. As a result, we are providing open access to a variety of student resources to support at home learning via myNelson. Access to myNelson will be available at no cost until June 30, 2020. We are continuously adding more resources, come back often to see what's new. Click here to access the resources at

Learning is Fun!

Here is a long list of various links and resources to help families with kids of all ages while schools are closed. There really is something for everyone.

With COVID-19 forcing so many school closures, many students and parents are looking for ways to continue their or their child’s education from home. Recognizing this, Pearson partnered with Kivuto – the company behind the Texidium Reader – to provide open access to a wide range of learning material for K-12 students until July 31, 2020. Click here.

Local M.P. Pam Damoff is keeping people informed about what the Federal Government is doing to help Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her posts are informative and include information specific to our community. If you would like to start receiving her updates to your inbox, please click here.

FAQs for Families

The HDSB has a page for frequently asked questions on Ontario school closures for families to reference. Please click here to access the page.

Check back often as this page changes often. If you have a question that is not answered, please direct if to

Many food banks continue to operate in our community; some with different delivery models. For a list of all food banks operating in Halton during this current crisis please click here.

These organizations are looking for online donations as soon as possible and if you want to donate you can click here.