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CSD Offers Counseling, Self-Care Strategies for Coping with COVID-19

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We’ve countered COVID-19’s assault on our physical health by social distancing and working and educating our children from home. But what can, and should, we be doing to safeguard our mental health?

World health experts who have argued for flattening the COVID-19 curve are now warning of a second coronavirus wave of depression, anxiety and emotional exhaustion that could last long after the infectious disease threat has waned.

“It’s important to take care of yourself after any traumatic event,” says BJ Weller, Director of Canyons District’s Responsive Services Department, which oversees counseling and social-emotional supports in schools. “But this health crisis has been particularly worrisome from a mental wellness perspective, because the steps we’ve needed to take to respond can make it harder to cope emotionally.” Social distancing has left many of us socially isolated and economically vulnerable. We are grieving the loss of loved ones and important rituals, from weddings to graduation ceremonies, even as we lose connection with family and friends, the very people to whom we turn to mourn our losses.

But students and parents can take comfort knowing they’re not alone, Weller says. “We’re all going through this together, and help is available.” Throughout the soft closure of Utah’s schools, CSD social workers, psychologists and counselors have been proactively checking-in with students by email or phone. As the growing need for mental health supports has become apparent, the Department of Responsive Services is now launching an online behavioral supports request form that parents can easily access from home.

Request Social Emotional / Mental Health Support

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Message from Principal Watts

Hi Midvale Families,

This is Mr. Watts. I’m sure by now you know that school has been dismissed through the end of the year. Our teachers and staff are sad that we won’t be able to see students in school again until the fall. I wanted to reach out and let you know about a couple of things:

Lunches and Breakfasts will still be served through the end of the year. They have changed the menu, so it’s not just PB and J anymore. Please stop by and pick up the lunches you need for your family between 11:30 and 12:30 each day. Tomorrow we will also be handing out weekend food bags for students. 

Since classes are dismissed for the rest of the year, teachers are working to gather up students’ personal belongings so you can pick them up next week. This will take a few days. Our plan is to have personal items ready next Wednesday, April 22nd. To reduce the number of parents at the school at one time, the following scheduling assignments have been made by last name:

 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM              Last names that start with A-I

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM              Last names that start with J-R

1:00 PM – 3:00PM                  Last names that start with S-Z

Weather permitting, bags will be placed outside and organized by teacher name. You should be able to pick them up without entering the building. If the weather is bad, we may have to postpone the pickup. If there are specific personal items that you are concerned about, please message your teacher and let them know so we can be looking for them. 

I am going to ask that you return any library books that have been checked out from the school. Boxes will placed outside the front door and at the lunch pickup table every day next week. You can drop the book in the box without entering the school.

Unfortunately, our dual immersion performances and end of year celebrations and activities will be cancelled. Teachers will contact you if there are other materials such as portfolios or memory books that need to be picked up at the end of May.

One more thing – Please check in with friends and neighbors to make sure they have been contacted by their teachers and have learning materials in their homes. I worry that we have some families that do not.

We love you and miss you. Please try to stay safe and be healthy.

Board of Education Selects Dr. Rick Robins as New Superintendent

The Canyons Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Rick L. Robins as the next superintendent of the Canyons District.

During a special meeting held Tuesday, April 14, 2020, the seven-member Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the selection of Dr. Robins, a veteran educator and administrator, as the new chief executive of the 34,000-student district.

Dr. Robins’ appointment, effective July 1, 2020, comes after a two-month national search. Robins, currently the Superintendent of the Juab School District, will succeed Dr. Jim Briscoe, who retires June 30 after a 38-year career as an educator and administrator in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Utah. Dr. Briscoe announced his retirement plans on Jan. 14.

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