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