My Fellow Association Members & Friends:
As we are ending the second week of “soft closure” and before we go off to a much deserved and needed Spring Break, we want to say: THANK YOU! You are amazing. Educators, as well as education support professionals and administrators have pulled together during “unprecedented” times with characteristic professionalism and grace!
It’s been called “soft closure” and “remote instruction”, but it’s been pretty hard and can feel isolating. The break couldn’t come at a better time. Please take care of yourselves and know we admire and love you.
So, not wanting to add to your burden, but also wanting to send you a kind of digital “care package”: Below are a few resources for whenever you would like to look at them.
All the talk and teaching in this time of COVID-19 can contribute to stress, fear and anxiety, even a feeling of loss, but each of us will be affected differently. Still, the feeling many of us are experiencing is something akin to grief having lost something already or fearing that we may lose something in the future. Here are a few links to articles that may be helpful.
A Trauma Informed Approach to Teaching Through COVID-19That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is GriefA Guide for Working (From Home) ParentsCoping with Fatigue, Fear, and Panic During a CrisisMANAGING STRESS (CDC page)
Of course, there are many resources out there to help us understand and cope with this “unprecedented” (there’s that word again) moment. We just wanted to provide a sample of some of what we found useful. Connect (considering appropriate social distance) to those sources and people in your lives that bring you joy.Again, thank you for all you are doing for your students and for each other – and yourself. Enjoy your break!Take care of yourselves,Amada Lawing and Julie Hooker, Park City Education Association PresidentBonilynn M. Henrie, Eastern Utah UniServ Director
Also, it may have nothing to do with COVID-19, but if ever you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call
· 1-800-985-5990 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s)
· Disaster Distress Help line (TTY: 1-800-487-4889) or
· text TalkWithUs to 66746.
· 833-372-3388 (833-3SAFEUT) SafeUT
Thank you. Thank you for your time and effort to continue to ensure learning and safety for all students in the Park City School District.
We understand the frustration of not-knowing, not-being able to make concrete plans, and not-understanding this virus.
We are in daily communication with PCSD leadership and UEA leadership. We will send information via ABLs, post on our website, and our Facebook page.
In the meantime, please do the following:
As of today, you can plan on:
First, thank you. Thank you for continuing to put students first and prepare for possible school closures.
We understand that the messaging has evolved and may seem unclear because it changes hourly. As the Summit County Health Commissioner, Dr. Skoda, noted, "This is an unprecedented time. We have never faced this in any of our lives."
After speaking with Dr. Gildea on Saturday morning, we know the following:
Members, the situation is organic, fluid and unprecedented. We are asking you to be patient; stay connected via PCSD Intranet for updates; do not take anything personally; and do not make assumptions -- other than assume everyone is doing their best.
Also, please do NOT post things on social media suggesting that time in a classroom without students is ineffective. Often we ask for more time to prepare. This could be it.
We're all in this together.