Last night, the governor indicated that students may remain off campus through the end of the spring semester. While no final determination has been made by the governor, I am confident that we will rise to the occasion. Our infrastructure is in place; our staff is dedicated; and our capacity is great. We will continue to think creatively through our learning platforms to offer systems of support and socialization for our students, our parents, and our colleagues.
Throughout this time, Monrovia Unified will continue to distribute free breakfasts and lunches to students in the community from 9 to 11 a.m. at all of our schools. Today, we consolidated pickup for both meals to simplify delivery for our community based on a recommendation from the California Department of Education. We apologize to community members for challenges based on the switch.
To continue to ensure our students are growing academically, we have added a Distance Learning Platform on our website, giving students, parents, and teachers guidance on how to navigate distance learning. Our dedicated teachers and staff are working tirelessly to ensure our students are supported in every way to meet their academic goals.
Remember, even while we are out of school, we all should follow the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s (DPH) guidance:
- Prevention: If you are not sick, practice daily prevention techniques as recommended: wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, limit close contact to others, and clean and disinfect frequently.
Despite the challenges we face from efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, there are many things we can do to ensure our physical and emotional well-being.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers guidelines for managing stress. Here are some basic practices:
- Social distancing, not social isolation: Connect with your loved ones and offer support and, when possible, assistance. Video chats, texting and audio calls can all help keep personal relationships strong and help us to maintain our perspectives and feel better.
- Guide your children: Remember, children take their cues for reacting to the world from you. Already, their routines have been disrupted. Watch for their distress, reassure them, and set a calm environment by limiting news intake and creating consistent schedules.
- Exercise and eat well: We can continue to be active and go outside as long as we maintain social distance. Eat nutritious meals, sleep seven hours a night, and maintain a consistent schedule.
- Limit news intake: It can be tempting to constantly track new information. Instead, take breaks from media coverage. Use a few, authoritative sources to check for. Be wary of misinformation on social media.
We are on this journey together.
Dr. Katherine Thorossian