HCPS 411 Update
April 9, 2020
A Video Message From Superintendent Bulson
Please take a moment to view this important message from Dr. Bulson, also available on the HCPS YouTube channel. The FAQs on www.hcps.org/coronavirus have been updated with additional details.
Parent Academy Virtual Real Talk – Daily Life and Coping During COVID-19
Virtual Real Talks will continue to be produced during the extended closure.
HCPS Email Address for Mental Health Support During the Closure
Self-care Tips to Help You Cope With the Stress and Emotions of the Coronavirus Pandemic
Here are five quick tips, recommended by Amy Alexander, Executive Director of The Refuge Center for Counseling:
- Guard your inputs: Limit your news exposure and time; stay focused on what we know today and not on speculation; look for the good - during this crisis there are still wonderful things happening. Think about “is this information a fountain (filling me up) or a drain (causing stress)?”
- Structure your day: During times of uncertainty, it is those predictable things that help us have a sense of control. Stick to daily rituals or create new ones that add purpose to your day.
- Get physical activity: Being active is good for mental and physical well-being. After work, take a walk and enjoy nature, something we don’t always take the time to do. The natural world around us goes on and observing even small things, like gentle rain, birds in a tree, or a squirrel running in your backyard, can be calming.
- Connect with people: Although team meetings are great, you can still feel isolated working from your typical space or at home and during your off-duty time. Message, send cards, call to catch up with friends and family, join in neighborhood activities like sidewalk chalk art, driveway dancing/social hour while still observing physical distancing.
- Consult a therapist if you feel overloaded: It is important to take care of your physical and mental health. HCPS resources are here for you, like the employee medical plan, which offers virtual doctor visits, including mental health, and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Contact HR at 410-588-5275 if you have questions about accessing those or other benefits programs.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Reminder
During these uncertain times, our feelings of stress and anxiety may be elevated. It is important that we care for ourselves, as we care for others.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services continue to be available. KEPRO serves as the EAP for HCPS employees. Information regarding COVID-19, as well as links to other topics that may be of interest, is available via their website.
Your EAP services can be accessed by calling 1-866-795-5701 or via the internet at www.EAPHelpLink.com, just enter HCPS as your Company Code.
EAP counselors are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. We encourage you to utilize the resources available to you.
CareFirst Video Visit
"A shout out to our School Nurses for their donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Upper Chesapeake Heath Center. Masks, gloves, gowns, and goggles were collected from our health suites on April 2, loaded into a bus, and delivered to the hospital. Special thanks to Trish Schoen, Linda Jensen, Buck Hennigan, and Wayne Boyer for helping with the logistics."
-Mary Nasuta, Nurse Coordinator
-Rebecca Reese, Principal, William S. James Elementary School
"Mr. Ron Burke, Band Director at Patterson Mill High School, had to deliver devastating news about a cancelled out-of-state field trip. This trip involved significant funds and travel insurance and deposits and fundraisers and heartbreaks. Mr. Burke set up an evening work time where parents could come in and have their concerns heard. Mr. Burke created personal spreadsheets for each parent (there were hundreds) and met with them individually to explain their refund situation. The personal approach put families at ease and while they left disappointed about the trip, they were comforted by Mr. Burke’s compassion."
-Stacey Zengel, Assistant Principal, Patterson Mill High School
Office of Communications and Family Outreach
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