Given these uncertain times, Re-Education Services wants you to know that we are here for you and will be available to answer questions throughout the time that we are away from school. The best way to communicate with us is through email.
Stacey Johnson-Building Supervisor/school therapist – Mentor – email@example.com
Angie Colvin – Building Supervisor – Bedford – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracey Grasgreen- Family and Community Liaison – email@example.com
General coping strategies and tips to reduce stress.
When things feel uncertain or don’t feel safe, it’s normal to feel stressed. Right now many of us are worried about COVID-19, or also known as “Coronavirus,” but there are helpful strategies to use to prevent further stress. It’s important to note that we are not helpless in light of current news events. We always choose our response. If you are struggling, here are some things you can do to take care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty:
- Separate what is in your control and what is not! Wash your hands, remind others to do the same, cover your mouth with your elbow/arm when coughing and/or sneezing, take your vitamins, limit your consumption of social media and the news.
- Do what helps you feel a sense of safety! Not everyone prioritizes things the same – for example people’s importance to socialize or not to socialize during this time.
- Get outside in nature! The sun’s source of vitamin D is good for the body, as well as physical exercise/activities in itself!
- Challenge yourself to stay in the present! Easier said than done, try not to focus too much on what will happen. Bring yourself into the present and focus on what is happening (or not happening) right now. Engage in mindfulness activities.
- Stay connected and reach out if you need support! Talk to trusted friends or family members about what you are feeling. It’s more than okay to talk about your feelings and any concerns you may have!
Anxiety with Corona Virus (COVID-19)
- Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage
- Connect through calls/text/internet
- Add extra time for daily stress relief
- Practice self-care
- Focus on your mental health
* Reassure them that they’re safe
* Let them talk about their worries
* Share your own coping skills
* Limit their news exposure
* Create a routine and structure
* Keep in contact with your loved ones via social media, texts, phone calls
* Create a daily self-care routine
* Keep yourself busy: games, books, movies
* Focus on new relaxation techniques
Remember – We will get through this. Right now we just need to support and take care of one another!
The Coronavirus known as COVID-19, has made it into Northeastern Ohio. We are aware of the concern that many of you have right now regarding its impact in our country and in our own community. We receive daily updates from the Lake County General Health District and we continue to stay informed about the virus through them and the Center for Disease Control.
There are steps that we can take to be proactive in regard to the health and wellness in our school and in our community. Attached is the link to the Ohio Department of Health which provides the latest information regarding COVID-19. Ohio Department of Health
With the concerns of contamination, we have increased our disinfecting of the common areas of the building. This includes bathrooms, sinks, drinking fountains, offices, meeting rooms, etc. We also clean regularly classroom surfaces such as doors, desks, and chairs. We are continually evaluating our process to help contain the spread of germs. We have also increased cleaning of our school vans.
You can also help by reinforcing the importance of proper hand-washing as we will do with all our students. In addition, keeping your children home when they are sick also will help contain the spread of not only COVID-19 but many other viral diseases such as the flu. Keep your child home if they have a fever. In order to return to school, they must be fever free without the use of Tylenol or Ibuprofen for 24 hours.
Providing a safe and healthy learning environment is a priority to us at Re-Education Services and we will continue to stay on top of the information regarding COVID-19 and how it impacts the health and wellness of our school.
Below are additional links that can also be found on the CDC website:
The Musical Theater Production, specifically Kids Love Musical (KLM) out of Cleveland, worked with students from both the Bedford and Mentor campuses for several weeks on an adapted version of “The Jungle Book”. The students performed at both locations sharing their talents with students and families.
The main entrance at the Mentor campus is undergoing construction to replace the entry doors and the addition of lighting and signage. A welcoming sign is now mounted and additional improvements are underway!
Choir members in Bedford were getting into the holiday spirit by singing holiday songs for the school and students’ families at the Bedford location. Thanks choir members for spreading the joy!
Bedford’s Room 11 attended an hour and half field trip to Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The students participated in the “All Aboard Animals” program. The students enjoyed touching a variety of animal hides of the animals that are frequently seen throughout the park. They really enjoyed the scenery during their train ride and the educational program.