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A message from Dr. Little checking on you

Apr 20 2020

Dear Lexington School District One Family:

During these challenging times, many of us feel scared, anxious, and maybe even a little sad. Although those feelings are normal, for some people those feelings can become overwhelming.

We care about each of you and encourage you to make your mental health a top priority. Safeguarding your mental health is as vital as safeguarding your physical health.

Some good ways to cope with stress include:

  • taking breaks from watching, reading, or listening to the news, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic over and over compounds our anxiety.
  • eating healthy, well-balanced meals.
  • exercising regularly.
  • taking deep breaths, meditate, or stretch.
  • getting plenty of sleep.
  • avoiding overusing alcohol.
  • making time to unwind and get outside.
  • trying to do some activities you enjoy each day.
  • connecting with others.
  • talking with people you trust about your concerns and your feelings.

Since school is not in session, and since we are honoring Governor McMaster’s social distancing order, we are providing counseling differently than usual. If you feel that your child needs help, you (or your child) are welcome to email your child’s counselor. Counselors are monitoring their emails while working from home and will respond quickly. In addition, your child’s counseling department, who reached out to you earlier and provided additional contact information and resources, can resend those if you did not receive or save their earlier email.

The Military Education Coalition is also offering parents/students free access to on-line training modules dealing with issues and challenges during this time. The modules include information about responding to changes in routine, addressing anxiety, maintaining connections and relationships, making behavior management positive, etc. You can access those here. www.militarychild.org/covid19

Remember, too, that children look to the adults in their lives, watch how they handle situations, and take their cues from you.

To support our students, families, and staff, Lexington District One created a webpage with a list of free resources to help you safeguard your mental health. You can find that webpage here.

This is a trying time for our community. As we help each other, we become stronger. I miss seeing your faces and look forward to the day we can return to a more normal way of life. Until then, please stay well.

Dr. Greg Little, Superintendent