Wellness Newsletter

Resources and tools to keep Vernon families healthy.

Your Wellness Headquarters

Vernon Public Schools recognizes that it is more important than ever to to stay healthy both physically and mentally. We may have become accustomed to our new normal of wearing masks and social distancing, but these things can take a toll on our physical and mental health. This newsletter is aimed to provide resources to keep your family happy and healthy during this difficult time.

Participate in the Wellness Calendar activities as a family and be entered to win a All Sports kit through the Vernon Public Schools Physical Education Department!

In This Newsletter

Wellness Calendar

Join Vernon Public Schools in celebrating physical, social, and emotional wellness this month! Each day, check the calendar for a wellness tip and give it a try! When you see a red camera on the calendar, take a photo while completing the wellness activity and post it to social media (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) using the hashtag #VPSWellness for a chance to win an All Sports kit from the Physical Education Department.

Download the calendar below!

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Wellness Resources

Need help now? These hotlines are available 24/7 to help:

Family Support Helpline 211: Email help@211info.org, dial 211 or 1-800-203-1234 for crisis intervention, family support, mental and behavioral health referrals.

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Offers 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support for people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

Online resources to support parents:

Social Emotional Family Resources from Connecticut State Department of Education are available to support parents during the COVID-19 crisis including information on how to better understand their child's mental health issues, resources to help parents talk to their children about the pandemic, mindfulness webinars for adults, and many more. Additional resources for families are included here.

This Professional Support Webinar Series from Connecticut State Department of Education provides social and emotional support for stressed-out families participating in distance education.

Vernon ROCKS Coalition provides information on mental health and how to talk about difficult subjects, like substance use or suicide. Plus, a printable activity sheet for kids to help learn about positive life choices.

Exercise Resources for adults and kids from the American College of Sports Medicine to help incorporate more movement into your life!

Free meals are provided for all children 18 and under every Wednesday between 12:00 - 3:00PM at Rockville High School or Vernon Center Middle School. No registration or ID required. Just show up!

Nutrition Resources for all age groups from the United States Department of Agriculture and even a healthy eating app!

COVID-19 Vaccine

Vernon Public Schools encourages all individuals of eligible age to receive the vaccine once they become eligible to do so in Connecticut. For information regarding current vaccine eligibility and upcoming phases, visit the Connecticut State website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Benefits of getting vaccinated

Safety of COVID-19 vaccine

Side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine

What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

About Us

The Vernon Public Schools convenes a representative district wellness committee that meets at least four times per year to establish goals for and oversee school health policies and programs, including development, implementation and periodic review and update of this district-level wellness policy. Please contact us to provide feedback.