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President's Message - September 2020

Posted by Peggy B. Sapp, President & CEO on September 1, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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Back to School During the Covid-19 Pandemic  

“It is the best of times, it is the worst of times” is surely a fitting description for today. During times of uncertainty, basic routines help us and our children feel more secure; thus, happier and healthier.

If your children are attending classes are remotely or at school some of the basics still apply:

  • Have a healthy breakfast
  • Get dressed for school
  •  Have a specific place for children to do their online work or their homework
  •  Ask about their assignments and review their work and homework
  • When going to school, wear a mask

Telling your children you love them and that things will be okay are two messages you need to repeat often. Sometimes this is hard!   If you are fearful about now and the future, practice Mindfulness with your children. It will help everyone. Mindfulness keeps our minds from running away to negative thoughts and worse case scenarios. Even three deep breaths will slow the freight train in the brain.


Informed Families loves parents and families and we know things will be okay!  If you need support or resources please visit the links below. We look forward to seeing you online or in school.

Community resources for housing/rent/employment/financial assistance:

Thriving Mind Consumer Hotline

For assistance or questions related to mental health, substance use and other community services: 1 (888) 248-3111. Please dial 211 for assistance when the hotline is unavailable or visit

Department for Children & Families 

Career Source Florida


Disaster Help

Children’s Trust Family Support Programs

Feeding Florida phone line: 1 (855) 352-3663


Topics: President's Message, parenting, family bonding, back to school, Covid-19

About Us

We teach people how to say no to drugs and how to make healthy choices. To reduce the demand for drugs, Informed Families has focused its efforts on educating and mobilizing the community, parents and young people in order to change attitudes. In this way we counteract the pressures in society that condone and promote drug and alcohol use and abuse. The organization educates thousands of families annually about how to stay drug and alcohol free through networking and a variety of programs and services .

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