Happy snowy Friday to you all as we head into the April break. It’s not so bad to get snow when you know it will be gone the next day and here’s hoping it helps the flowers and plants.
Not much new this evening, but some important reminders in this short note.
Schedule for Return
As promised her is the return schedule by week for the remainder of the year. More of a reminder here, but 9th grade students will return in person on Monday April 26th. First block begins at 8 am. Please note the new drop off pattern will be in effect that day so please refer to our reopening document if you need to take another look at how that’s working.
Grades 10 – 12 will have live zoom classes on Monday the 26th.
All students return to live school on Tuesday April 27th.
Drop off for test kits will take place on Tuesday April 27th in the main lobby when everyone returns.
Normal drop off for the kits will be on Mondays for the rest of the year.
We continue to believe the surveillance testing will help us avoid large outbreaks by catching cases early. The more people who participate in our testing, the more protection it offers us.
Massachusetts Travel Advisory has replaced the travel order
This was recently updated. If you are traveling and wondering about the current advisory it is here.
I wish you all a safe, restful, and restorative week off. We are all excited to see all the kids when we return after the break and head into the last eight weeks of school.
Below is a self-care sheet created for us by our partners at HRS. I hope some of you find it useful.
Human Relations Service, Inc.
11 Chapel Place, Wellesley, MA 02481
Taking Care of Yourself and Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic Dr. Lindsay Steinsieck, PsyD and Shannon Mackey, LICSW
Over the past year we have experienced a profound health crisis stemming from COVID-19 that has profoundly impacted the lives of every person in our community. Anxiety and stress levels are higher than usual across the board as individuals and families face new challenges in domestic life, work, and relationships. As the pandemic drags on, it can be difficult to do the hard work of self-care. Here are some thoughts about how to care for yourself and others, but it is always important to remember that you are the expert on what you need during difficult times. Listen to yourself.
Take care of your mental health.
Stay informed, but take breaks. Many of us are experiencing pandemic fatigue in many ways, one of which is the persistent deluge of COVID information in the news, at our workplaces, and among family members and peers. It can be hard to maintain a balance between being informed and utterly immersed. It is important to know about the virus as well as COVID-related policies that affect work and leisure time both for your own health and the health of people around you.
However, it is also important to take breaks from the flood of COVID-19 information. Consider limiting your news and information intake (including social media!) to some scheduled times of day. Remember that your mind and nervous system need time away from the ongoing pressure of this crisis.
Cope with normal stress during this pandemic. Look for signs of stress in yourself and your family members. Steps to minimize stress include: keeping up with old routines or establishing new ones; connecting with family and friends virtually or safely in person; and engaging in relaxing or enjoyable activities when possible. The American Psychiatric Association suggests “focusing on positive aspects of your life and things that you can control” to help maintain some normalcy in an otherwise unusual time.
Seek personal support and connection. Continue to call on whatever resources are available to support you, such as friends, family, religious leaders, and mental health professionals. Identify people in your workplace who can help support you in your job – people with whom you can collaborate and share challenges and victories.
Take care of your physical health.
The connection between good mental health and good physical health is well-documented. During times of stress, physical health can easily go by the wayside. Try to:
Eat as healthfully as possible. Avoid alcohol and drugs. Sleep as much as you are able.
Exercise regularly. Move your body. Stretch and/or do vigorous exercise. (As always, exercise has positive effects on mental health, too.)
Try to breathe fresh air every day and spend time outside – even when it’s cold.
Be easy with yourself.
This is a very challenging and traumatic time for us all, but individual circumstances will mean our experiences are somewhat different. Working, parenting, maintaining your home life, caring for loved ones and pets, and all the other responsibilities of daily life have likely presented new challenges for you during the pandemic. Being easy with yourself means remembering that you are doing the best you can in challenging times. This has been a long haul; know you can’t be operating at 100% all the time. Practicing some self-care gives you a break and allows you to take better care of those around you as well.
Savor small moments of pleasure or fun.
Strengthen connections; be easy with other people, too. Take breaks from work or caregiving when you can.
Find time to be alone when you need it and are able – even if it’s just 15 minutes to breathe!