Resources for Educators & Families

JCISD Whole Child: May 11th

Weekly Learning Snapshot Highlight: Taking Care of Yourself During This Turbulent Time

We are all going through a uniquely stressful time with COVID-19. This resource provides tips and resources for reducing stress and taking care of ones self. Intended for teachers, these resources could easily be adapted to be shared with students and their families.


Theme: Self Care/Staff Wellness

Audience: For use by teachers and administrators, but can be adapted for students and their families.

Presentation: Taking Care of Yourself During This Turbulent Time (slides), Taking Care of Yourself During This Turbulent Time (voice-over)

Additional materials: Discussion Questions, 30 Tips for Self-Care

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Food Distribution Sites

Our schools and community have come together to ensure that all of our students are fed during this time of crisis. Click here for a list of school district food distribution sites.



Michigan Department of Education also released a map showing food sites across the state.

View it here.


Jackson County Food Pantry List

$137,000 Available for Food, Shelter Needs

United Way of Jackson County has been awarded $137,170 in federal funds to support food, shelter and utility assistance programs in high-need areas. The emergency funding is provided through the Emergency Food And Shelter National Board Program (EFSP), administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


United Way invites local governmental and private voluntary organizations that qualify to apply for these funds. Special consideration is given to organizations that serve the elderly, families with children, homeless individuals with mental or physical disabilities, and veterans.


View the Entire Grant Requirements HERE

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MCAN launches free statewide college advising hotline

Michigan high school students can now receive timely answers to their questions about postsecondary education, thanks to a new college advising hotline. Michigan College Access Network and partners launched the hotline today in response to the global health crisis caused by COVID-19, aiming to fill the gaps created by the statewide school closure order.

The hotline can be reached by calling or texting 810-373-5385. It is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but hours will be adjusted as necessary to best serve the needs of students. The service is staffed by college advisers from MCAN's AdviseMI program and the Michigan State University College Advising Corps. To help serve as many students as possible, the hotline initiative also is partnered with the Detroit Regional Chamber and Detroit College Access Network. For additional information, read the press release.

The Impact of Childhood Adversity on Health and COVID-19

The fear and social isolation associated with COVID-19 commonly exacerbates existing chronic stresses. Reports are surfacing of increased mental health problems, anxiety, partner violence, depression, suicidality, child abuse, opioid use disorder, other substance abuse, drug overdose, and alcohol abuse. Children are forced to stay home from school or daycare and witness and experience this trauma in greater degrees. These all contribute to higher childhood adversity (ACE scores) which will add to chronic stress across the lifespan (toxic stress).


Entire Article from ACPM

Easy Way to Communicate with Parents or Guardians

If you are looking for a simple and smart way to communicate with parents or guardians, then check out Talking Points! This free resource for teachers from MASSP allows educators to connect with student families by sending text messages in which parents/guardians can respond to using a mobile device or via a web browser. Teachers can send individualized, custom messages to large groups and even schedule messages out in advance.

For more Tech Byte videos, click here.

Join Episode No.2 in a New Series Honoring Mental Health Awareness Month

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Tips for Creating an Inclusive Virtual Space

We can all ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are centered in our digital engagements.


  • Diverse Content
  • Inclusive Facilitation
  • Creating Space


View all the tips for creating an inclusive virtual space HERE

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Resources from JCISD Tech

The Jackson County ISD Tech Team is sharing their newsletter this week that includes:


  • Tips on Google Classroom
  • DIY Phone Stands
  • K-12 Best Practices for Conferencing
  • Chromebook Accessibility

...and more!


View the entire newsletter HERE

Resources for Distance Learning for Parents


Jackson District Library Resources

Yoga for Kids

YOGA for Children - Aquatic Animals Yoga Poses - Yoga Practice Tutorial

Contact the Whole Child Team

Janelle Buchler: Whole Child Consultant (janelle.buchler@jcisd.org)

Eric Swihart: Whole Child Coordinator (eric.swihart@jcisd.org)

Caitlin Williams: Attendance and Homeless Program Coordinator (caitlin.williams@jcisd.org)

Rebecca Hurst: Behavior Health Project Coordinator (rebecca.hurst@jcisd.org)

Kelsea Jabkiewicz: Data Integration and Medicaid Cost Recovery Coordinator (kelsea.jabkiewicz@jcisd.org)

Angela Maddox: Whole Child Secretary (angela.maddox@jcisd.org)