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COVID-19 Vaccinations • Second Semester • Mental Fitness

Coming soon! COVID-19 vaccination opportunities for educators

Governor Laura Kelly has shared that most school district employees will fall into Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Plan. While many details are yet to be determined, we do know that having the vaccine available for Blue Valley staff gets us one step closer to having all students back to school in-person.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) may receive Phase 2 vaccinations for educators as early as late January-early February. The exact date of arrival and quantity is unknown. Once vaccinations are received, JCDHE and the district will need to act immediately to begin voluntary vaccinations. The district is currently working with JCDHE officials to determine an efficient vaccination schedule.

Second semester starts Jan. 19

Blue Valley students will start the second semester on Tuesday, Jan. 19 with early childhood and elementary students in full-time, in-person learning and middle and high school in hybrid learning. Students who registered for VirtualED will continue with their current schedule.

Mark your calendar for these important second semester dates:

  • Monday, Jan. 18, 2021: No School: MLK Jr Day
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021: First day of second semester
  • Feb. 25, 2021: No school EC-12; parent-teacher conferences

  • March 15-19, 2021: Spring Break

  • April 23, 2021: Professional learning day

A complete copy of the revised 2020-21 school year calendar can be found online.

Mental Fitness: Practical Applications of Distress Management

Blue Valley families and teens are invited to join Julia Harkleroad, licensed clinical marriage and family therapist, mindfulness coach and parent advocate, for one of several virtual workshops open to all Blue Valley parents and any teens the week of Jan. 19-22. Parents and teens should attend this event if they would like more information about panic, depression and/or suicidality. Julia will be discussing the basic protocols in case of suicidal ideation and planning as well as managing impulsive emotions, intrusive thoughts and high stress environments. She will introduce the biomechanics of stress and the differences between suicidal ideation and suicidal planning. Julia will share insight into breathing, heart-rate variability, pain management, relationships, drugs and alcohol, sleep, social media and mindfulness. Register online.

All sessions are open to all BV parents and teens. If a session time does not work and you wish to join live, feel free to register for a session that works for you, even if you are not part of that feeder system.