School Dismissal Update – March 26, 2020

Parents,
Below are the latest school dismissal updates:

  1. Grab-and-go school breakfast and lunch will continue to be served during the extended school dismissal (see the School Dismissal and Meal Update for a list of schools).
  2. Breakfast and lunch will not be available at any schools, including year-round schools, during Spring Break (April 6-10).
  3. Friday, March 27, is a grade transmittal day (teacher work day) for middle and high schools. No online instruction for secondary students will take place that day.
  4. Jordan School District’s Health and Wellness specialist, McKinley Withers, has posted tips for wellness during the COVID-19 dismissal at wellness.jordandistrict.org. You can also listen to Superintendent Anthony Godfrey interview Dr. Withers about maintaining health and wellness during the dismissal at supercast.jordandistrict.org.

Thank you!

West Jordan Middle Students Use At-Home Learning to Lift Spirits of Care Center Residents

Student holding letterWhen West Jordan Middle School Health Teacher Kathy Howa heard that some residents of a local care center couldn’t see family members or other visitors right now due to the Coronavirus, Ms. Howa had an idea. She decided to give her students an assignment. As part of her online at-home learning health curriculum, Ms. Howa asked the students to write letters to the lonely residents, hoping to cheer them up.

In no time at all the student letters started arriving in Ms. Howa’s email. They were addressed to “A Special Person,” with messages of love and support for individuals in the care center. Students encouraged the residents to try and be strong through these difficult times, sheltered from family and loved ones. The students said they simply want the residents to know that they are loved and cared for, even by young people they have never met. In fact, some of the students hope their letters will result in a long-term pen pal relationship with the residents.

We are so proud of our teachers and students, helping to support those in need of a little love and friendship right now.

Supercast Episode 28: Staying Healthy: Coping Skills During COVID-19 Crisis

The podcast recorded via teleconferencingAs we all navigate these challenging times with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to know that students and families are not alone, even though we all may be spending the majority of time at home.

On this episode of the Supercast, Superintendent Anthony Godfrey talks to Jordan School District Health and Wellness Specialist McKinley Withers about how families can find comfort and cope in this time of uncertainty.


WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Tips for Home-Centered Wellness During COVID-19 

Jordan School District is committed to ensuring that students and families are offered support throughout this unique time. Please know that it is normal for students and families to feel anxious or stressed, especially while experiencing so many unexpected changes.

Wellness WednesdayAlong with your school’s staff, the District is committed to supporting your family’s health and well-being. That’s why we have compiled this resource page to help address some of the main concerns regarding COVID-19 as well as some ideas for how to make the most of your home-centered life.

For more information and additional resources, please visit wellness.jordandistrict.org.

  • To find ideas on talking to your children about COVID-19 refer to these tips from Intermountain Healthcare. It is good to talk openly and honestly with children while sticking to the facts and stating what we DO know about the virus because misinformation and rumors can add to feelings of anxiousness.
  • Continue to build relationships as students and families and stay social while following the guidelines on social distancing. This can be through social media, video chats, and also in-person conversations, board games, or activities with parents and siblings who may have not had time together at home like they do now.
  • Find uplifting and entertaining, books, shows, games, and music and remember that checking the news every few hours will only heighten anxiety. It’s important to take a break from the news and families could consider scheduling & limiting your check-ins to once or twice daily (morning and evening) so that you are able to make the most of your home-centered life.
  • Establish healthy routines as this is essential to reducing stress. Keeping a routine for sleeping, eating, exercising, studying, and playing can help reduce the stress of change. Students and families will adjust to the new routine much more easily if it is predictable.
  • Help students stay productive and goal-oriented in their new routine by dedicating time to schoolwork, projects at home, and personal goals (like learning how to play an instrument or cook a meal).
  • Try making a list of things you still can do that you would enjoy (both individually and as a family), like a “social distancing bucket list,” as this home-centered life may be an opportunity to develop a new hobby, relationship, or skill that you didn’t have time for before it happened.
  • Start a gratitude journal, because even though there is much change, recognizing what has gone well can help reduce stress and anxiety. Another practice of gratitude could be to take the time to write letters or emails to people who have made a positive impact in your life.
  • Continue to take care of your family’s physical health by eating regularly (please come by one of our schools for meals as needed), sleeping at least 8 hours, getting physical activity, exercise, and sunlight.

We hope that each of you can stay healthy and well during this unique time. We are stronger together and we want to stay connected and supportive as a District along with your school teams.

Students March and Share Music to Lift Spirits

Some Joel P. Jensen Middle School students are making the most of their time with at-home learning and music lessons. They were recently spotted marching through their neighborhood, sharing music, hoping to lift spirits and simply make people smile.

It worked for Joel P. Jensen Principal Middle School Principal, Bryan Leggat. He witnessed the students and recorded their impromptu parade. It brightened Mr. Leggat’s day and he hopes it will do the same for others as well.