News and Current Events

March 15, 2020

Morley Nelson Families,

To best serve our students, staff and families, Boise Schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday, March 16th and will remain closed through Friday, March 27th. Our Office Staff at Morley will be available tomorrow for parents to pick up student medications, and personal belongings. 

All athletics and activities, including practices, have been suspended until further notice. The Community Center will also be closed.  The ROC will be open tomorrow only for our families to access our Food Pantry.  

This week, Boise School District administrative staff will meet to develop plans to ensure our students' and parents' most basic needs are met during this stressful time, including family activity materials, meals, and childcare options in the event the school closure lasts beyond March 27th.

While schools including Morley Nelson are closed, we encourage families to practice social distancing, excellent personal hygiene and follow the latest guidance from Central District Health.

Please visit our COVID-19 Information Page for the latest developments.

From our Counselor

The following are general tips for addressing feelings of fear or anxiety with your children.

Model Calmness

Children are perceptive and sensitive. Send a clear message through your body language that there is no need to panic or worry.

Maintain Normalcy

Try to keep structure and routines as much as possible.

Actively Listen

Ask questions. Be non-judgmental. Show an interest in your child's thoughts and feelings.

Validate Feelings

Acknowledge your child's feelings; don't dismiss them.  However, avoid excessively reassuring your child as well. 

Just Be

Encourage your child to practice sitting with and experiencing anxiety, rather than doing something to relieve it or distract from it. Normalize the feeling of anxiety. These feelings are a wave that they can ride. 

Practice Relaxation

Feel calmer and practice being in the present moment. 

These are amazing apps for mindfulness and meditation: Calm and Headspace.

We are all adjusting to these challenges and disruptions to our lives. We hope these tools empower you. Please take a moment to purposefully take time to check in with your child and their level of fear or anxiety.


Morley Nelson Team