MULBERRY CREEK ELEMENTARY

Dr. Debbie Harnois, School Counselor

Welcome Back To School!

Welcome back to our in-person and virtual learning students and their parents/guardians. We are sooooo excited to return to school!


We are all working diligently to provide the best possible safe learning environment for your child(ren). The Harris County School District administrators, principals and faculty are working together to follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Education's Restart and Recovery recommendations. The novel COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily changed our lives, but we will eventually return to our every day mundane routine. Wouldn't that be nice!


For some students and parents, transitioning back to school may be a little stressful. We understand these feelings, and we are here to help and support our MCE family. Please rest assured that we will be taking the necessary steps to maintain a clean, safe learning environment for your child(ren).


If I may be of any assistance, please feel free to contact me.


Let's have a great year!.

Dr. Harnois


For an online copy of this newsletter and to click on the links, go to https://www.smore.com/y4bs6

CHECK OUT OUR LEAN, MEAN DISENFECTANT MACHINE!

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Every night, after everyone is gone, Jerry comes out with his advanced electrostatic technology that is child and environmentally safe. Under the action of electrostatic force, everything is sanitized (i.e., classrooms, bathrooms, hallways, etc.). This is done in addition to the sanitizing our custodians and teachers are doing during the school day. Keeping everyone safe is high priority!

HERE'S A PEAK AT THE CLASSROOMS FOR EACH GRADE LEVEL

Special Message for Parents of Virtual Learners


Dear Mulberry Creek Families,


Virtual students and parents are an important part of the Mulberry Creek family. Our teachers are working hard to provide the best content in order for your child(ren) to learn. I know you are also working just as hard to juggle your family obligations and the school work of your child(ren). I have complied a list of several resources should you need them during your time at home. Of course, any of these resources are available to any parent who would like to use them.


  • To get in touch with me during Virtual Learning Days:

    • Please feel to call me should you need to discuss your child’s emotional needs during this time. My number is (706) 320 - 9397, ext. 1807. I will be available during normal school hours (7:20 - 3:20 M -F). Any voice messages or emails received after 3:20 pm will be answered the following school day.

    • I am available via email as well. My email address is harnois-d@harris.k12.ga.us

    • We are working diligently to help provide services to those in need. If your family has a need that arises during this time, please reach out. I am working with other community stakeholders to ensure that our students and families have what they need during this time.


  • Local Resources:

    • Valley Healthcare (Free healthcare. No appointment necessary) 1600 Ft. Benning Road, Columbus, Georgia. 706-322-9599

    • FOCUS of Harris County 706-628-9599

    • Family Connections of Harris County 706-628-8945

    • Good Shepard Food Pantry, Open 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Tuesday & Wednesday. Located at 33 Macon Drive, Cataula, Georgia. 706-524-7775


  • If your child is having a mental health emergency, please use the following resources:

    • Georgia Crisis and Access Line 1-800-715-4225; this is a 24 hour crisis response available at no cost and they will come to you, if needed.

    • Go to the nearest mental health hospital. The Bradley Center is the only facility that provides free 24/7 suicide assessments for children and teens in the area. Location: 2000 Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Georgia. 706-320-3700.

    • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255


  • Here are some resources that you might find useful when dealing with and talking to your child(ren) about why we are online learning and current news.(If you go to https://www.smore.com/y4bs6 , you can click on all links provided in this newsletter directly.)


https://www.activeminds.org/blog/coping-and-staying-emotionally-well-during-covid-19-related-school-closures/


https://childmind.org/article/helping-children-cope-frightening-news/


https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus


https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-you-and-your-kids-can-de-stress-during-coronavirus


https://www.schoolcounselor.org/asca/media/asca/Crisis/HelpforCaregivers.pdf


While I know we are distancing ourselves, we are also here to support you. If you have a question regarding your child's online class, please reach out to your student’s teacher. They are your first line of support. Please do not hesitate to contact the school or me at 706-320-9397 if there is anything we can do to support our students and families during this time.


Thank you,

Dr. Debbie Harnois

School Counselor

Dr. Debbie Harnois

If I can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact me.