Supporting Your Student During COVID

Below is an evolving list of resources your student might need if they live in Oneonta and are in Quarantine or Isolation.  The following details are subject to change.

Off-Campus Resources
Service Name Address Phone Details
Food Pantry, Meals Salvation Army 25 River Street, Oneonta 607-432-5960 For Otsego County Residents
Food Pantry St. Mary's Church 38 Walnut Street, Oneonta 607-432-3920 Access once per month
Food Pantry St. James Church 20 Elm Street, Oneonta 607-432-3558 Afternoons by appointment
Grocery/Curbside Price Chopper 1000 Main Street, Oneonta 607-432-8905  
Grocery/Curbside Hannaford 705 St. Hwy. 28, Oneonta 607-432-0012  
Grocery/Curbside WalMart 5054 St. Hwy. 23, Oneonta 607-436-9557  
Meals Lord's Table 18 Elm Street, Oneonta 607-432-3558 Take out only
Meals Saturday's Bread 66 Chestnut Street, Oneonta 607-386-0522  
Financial Asst. Student Emergency Fund SUNY Oneonta N/A Subject to eligibility
Rx Delivery Rite Aid 94 Chestnut Street, Oneonta 607-432-6740 Must call a day in advance
Rx Delivery Rite Aid 400 Chestnut Street, Oneonta 607-432-3200 Same day if ordered before 12:30pm
Rx Delivery Walgreens 99 Chestnut Street, Oneonta 607-433-5101 Fed Ex Delivers (3-5 days)


Supporting Your Child Through Final Exams

From the SUNY Oneonta Counseling Center

Final exam time is always stressful, but for many, the added challenges of online classes and a global pandemic will make this one the most difficult yet.  For many parents, this will be their first time being physically present with their students during exam time and seeing the intensity of their stress up close. It is difficult for parents to watch their children struggle, so here are a few tips on supporting your student (and yourself) through the stress of final exams.

Normalize: Stress is a normal feeling that comes with working through difficult situations, it’s not a sign that something is going wrong or that your student is failing. Remind your child (and yourself) that their stress is part of the process, that it is okay for them to feel that stress, and that the stress is temporary.

Resist the Urge to Fix: Often when we feel upset, we want to alleviate that feeling by resolving the issue causing us distress. Unfortunately, when your distress is being caused by your child’s stress about exams, there is no easy “fix.” Getting too involved can actually add pressure rather than taking it away. The good news is that your students generally don’t expect you to solve the problem anyway. Instead, focus on listening with compassion and validating their experience – helping your student feel heard and supported is often enough to give them a little boost.

Focus on the Basics: When stress levels are high, it is easy for students to lose sight of simple things like nutritious eating, good sleep, or taking a break. These things are also essential for successfully navigating final projects and exams. Reminding your student to stay on top of these basic needs can often be helpful. This is especially true with taking a break. If your student’s level of frustration is getting the best of them (or of everyone else in the house), encourage them to step away for a little while and get back to it later when they have calmed down.

Be Supportive: Remind your student that you are proud of their hard work and that their best is good enough. This semester has been more challenging than most, and for many students they may not reach the same standard or GPA that they are used to. Many students already feel overwhelmed and defeated by the stress of finals week – your praise and support can provide important perspective around what is really important.

If you feel your student is in a crisis or would benefit from speaking to a professional, visit the Counseling Center webpage for information on how to make an appointment for tele-counseling.

Talking to your student about difficult topics

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