COVID-19 Update – March 18, 2020

Governor Brown has issued further direction related to schools and has extended the school closure through April 28.  The Governor’s Press Release can be found here, including a link to the most recent Executive Order.

The direction provided in the press release includes the following:

  • Each district will pay all their regular employees during the closure.
  • Districts are to provide learning supports and supplemental services to students and families during the closure period, including meals and child care. This includes the delivery of food assistance and offering child care for essential health care professionals and first responders.
  • School districts may call on public school educators and employees to deliver limited learning and support services.

Lane ESD is working with local districts and ODE to determine methods for implementing the expectations set forth by the Governor.  It is important to note the overall health and safety provision within the Executive Order stipulates that nothing is to happen that is inconsistent with public health guidance.

Thanks again for your patience, we are still working on many details.  

Self-Care and COVID-19

The anxiety a pandemic such as COVID 19 generates is inevitable. At the end of the day, we all need to learn to live with a degree of risk we can’t avoid.

Practical Strategies to Keep Anxiety in Check

The World Health Organization has developed some practical tips for dealing the stress of COVID 19 outbreak. Here are a few of them:

Accept that it’s normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during an outbreak.

Find ways to talk about how you feel with others, especially if you are in quarantine.

Remember to keep an eye out for your children during this time, and for loved ones who experience mental illness. They may need help dealing with this added anxiety.

If you feel overwhelmed, seek support from a health professional.

Don’t use smoking, alcohol or other drugs to deal with your emotions. Keep your body as healthy as possible by eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep.

Limit worry by limiting media exposure to a few trusted sources.

Draw on skills you have used in the past that have helped you to get through difficult times.

Science-Based Strategies to Cope With Coronavirus Anxiety Resources from Reliant Behavioral Health (EAP)

Staying Connected

Humans are social beings and it can be challenging to maintain a feeling of connection with friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.  Here are some tips to remain connected when you’re practicing social distancing:

  • Think about how you can interact with others without putting your health (or theirs) at risk. Can you speak to your neighbors from over a fence or across balconies? We’ve seen this in Italy.
  • If you have access to it, use technology to stay in touch. If you have a smartphone, use the video capabilities (seeing someone’s facial expressions can help increase connection).
  • Check in with your friends, family, and neighbors regularly. Wherever you can, assist people in your life who may be more vulnerable (for example, those with no access to the internet or who cannot easily use the internet to shop online).
  • Spend the time connecting with the people you are living with. If you are in a lock-down situation, use this time to improve your existing relationships.
  • Manage your stress levels. Exercise, meditate, and keep to a daily routine as much as you can.
  • It’s not just family and friends who require support, but others in your community. Showing kindness to others not only helps them but can also increase your sense of purpose and value, improving your own well-being.