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    What therapists tell patients who are anxious about Coronavirus

    It’s hard not to be anxious right now given all of the uncertainty and upheaval the novel coronavirus pandemic has brought to our everyday lives.

    Worries about contracting the virus, loved ones (especially older people or those with compromised immune systems) getting sick, losing income, figuring out child care, feeling socially isolated or not having enough groceries or other household provisions can be unsettling, to say the least.

    Therapists, many of whom are now holding sessions via phone or video calls instead of in-person, are working through these concerns and others with their clients. The Huffington Post asked mental health professionals how they’re approaching the anxiety around COVID-19 with their patients. Hopefully, their advice will provide some peace of mind during an overwhelming time.

    1. Find new ways to connect with co-workers, friends, and family.
    2. Keep your daily routine as consistent as possible.
    3. Focus on what you can control instead of what you can’t.
    4. Be extra gentle with yourself.
    5. Cut back on your media exposure.
    6. Keep things in perspective.
    7. Make sure you have enough of any medications you take.
    8. Know that a little bit of anxiety isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

    Read more at The Huffington Post

     

    Here are resources for mental health:

    •  2-1-1 is a free confidential service that connects callers to information and services in times of need. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even during disasters. Louisiana 211 works to link people and resources for a better Louisiana through collaboration and partnership between nonprofit organizations providing 211 services, funding United Ways and the State of Louisiana Public Service Commission. Louisiana Association of United Way https://www.louisiana211.org  To access 211: Simply dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211 For COVID-19 information: Simply dial 211 or text LACOVID to 898-211
    • ICARE will provide support to parents and employees through this difficult time. They will address concerns at icare@ebrschools.org and reply within 24 hours with resources for support.

     

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    EBR Schools updates employees and students on resources, medications, meals

    Governor John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation that closed schools effective March 16, 2020, to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

    “The mandated closure asks for schools to reopen on April 13, 2020. That date coincides with our previously scheduled spring break. We are still evaluating options on whether or not spring break dates will need to be changed. We will have an update on this by the end of the week. Governor Edwards advocated for schools to continue to support students during this time and we are stepping up to meet that call to action,” said Superintendent Warren Drake.

    Educational Resources:

    • Although our district will not provide distance learning, it will provide online links to optional enrichment and educational resources for parents. These resources will span core content areas – ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies for students PreK-12th grade. Activities will be made available on EBRPSS website by Wednesday, March 18.
    • Some of our schools may have already issued resources on Friday, March 13. Those items are also optional and students will not receive a grade.
    • Individual schools will be working with their teams to address options for Dual Enrollment courses based on guidance received from our local colleges and universities.

    Medication:

    • EBRPSS is working with Health Centers in Schools to finalize a distribution schedule for parents/guardians/emergency contacts to retrieve student medication if needed. All details will be communicated on the district Facebook page and on our website Tuesday, March 17th.

    Student Meal Pick-Up Locations:

    • The EBRPSS’s Child Nutrition Department will be serving free, grab-n-go breakfast and lunch at seven school sites beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Grab-N-Go breakfast and lunch will be served at:
      1. Northeast Elementary
      2. Progress Elementary
      3. Woodlawn Elementary
      4. Wildwood Elementary
      5. Capitol Middle
      6. McKinley Middle
      7. Park Forest Middle

      While supplies last, families will be able to pick up pre-packaged breakfast and lunches for children 18 years of age and younger, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays during the mandated school closure period (March 16, 2020 – April 13, 2020). At least one child must be present in order to receive school meals. To learn more about EBR Child Nutrition and to view the menu, please visit ebrschools.org/child-nutrition.

    Employee Information:

    • All 12-month employees not assigned to a school building are to begin working remotely and implementing rotation schedules for required on-site work functions. Please contact your direct supervisor for more information.
    • Beginning Tuesday, March 17, school sites should be staffed by one 12-month employee to receive mail and deliveries, and preapproved contractors and vendors. (Feeding sites may also accept donations of new, packaged to-go boxes and unused plastic bags.
    • All school sites and the central office building should be staffed from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Who to Call:

    If you have any additional questions or concerns about the Coronavirus, please contact the following:

    COVID-19 General Information hotline:

    • 1-855-523-2652
    • 211
    • If you have an EBRPSS related question, please contact us through email – Hotline@ebrschools.org.
    • ICARE will provide support to parents and employees through this difficult time. They will address concerns at icare@ebrschools.org and reply within 24 hours with resources for support.

    “We promise to share new information and updates with you through our dedicated web page, https://ebrschools.org/news/health-update-coronavirus/ and on social media,” said Drake.

     

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  • Free meals and food service for students in La.

    Free food programs are popping up throughout the state after the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to several major school systems. Here are local and state resources (updated frequently):

    Schools in 61 of 64 parishes are serving as feeding sites to provide meals to children during school closures. This list is subject to change as resources and information become more available. US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced proactive flexibilities to allow meal service during school closures to minimize potential exposure to the coronavirus. During an unexpected school closure, schools can leverage their participation in one of USDA’s meal programs to provide meals at no cost to students. Under normal circumstances, those meals must be served in a group setting. However, in a public health emergency, the law allows USDA the authority to waive the group setting meal requirement, which is vital during a social distancing situation. Read: Louisiana Believes


    Tues. March 17. In response to COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Regina Barrow along with several colleagues are partnering with McDonald’s and EBR School System to provide free lunch meals to students in the Glen Oaks and Scotlandville communities. Meals will be available at noon tomorrow, March 17 at Glen Oaks High School, 6650 Cedar Glen Dr and Scotlandville PreEngineering Middle Magnet School, 9147 Elm Grove Drive. For more info call 225-359-9400. Barrow thanks  McDonald’s, EBR School System, Sen. Cleo Fields, Reps. Barbara W Carpenter, C. Denise Marcelle, Edmond Jordan, Ted James, Larry Selders and Eugene Rico Williams.


    Starting Wed., March 18. The EBRPSS’s Child Nutrition Department will be serving free, grab-n-go breakfast and lunch at seven school sites beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Grab-N-Go breakfast and lunch will be served at:

    Grab-N-Go breakfast and lunch will be served at the following schools:

    1. Northeast Elementary
    2. Progress Elementary
    3. Woodlawn Elementary
    4. Wildwood Elementary
    5. Capitol Middle
    6. McKinley Middle
    7. Park Forest Middle

    While supplies last, families will be able to pick up pre-packaged breakfast and lunches for children 18 years of age and younger, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays during the mandated school closure period (March 16, 2020 – April 13, 2020). At least one child must be present in order to receive school meals. ONLINE: ebrschools.org/child-nutrition.


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