COVID-19 de Paul School Updates

Monday, March 23, 2020

Dear de Paul School Community:

Last Friday, March 20, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky schools should remain closed until April 20. For The de Paul School, that means that our remote instructional program will continue those two weeks following Spring Break.

As for this week (March 23-27), our faculty has communicated instructional schedules and assignments to our students. That remote teaching and learning will be our focus this final week before our weeklong break. We continue to invite students and parents to communicate directly with your teachers with any questions about your remote learning assignments. Email any technology questions or needs to kurt.moser@depaulschool.org.

Families can look forward to more communication throughout this week, equipping us to address this week’s responsibilities while looking ahead to our emerging plans following Spring Break. Our communications are now expanded through our website. Families can now access updated messages and resources at www.depaulschool.org by clicking on the COVID-19 de Paul School Updates icon.

I urge each of us to be even more patient, gracious, and kind during this second week of a global crisis. We and our children are still trying to find equilibrium in an unsettled and frightening season. My experience is that people’s calmness and resolve are tested even more during the second week after a significant change, loss, or trial. As Huskies, may we shine as models in our relationships, parenting, and community care.

And, as you care for your loved ones and friends, please remember to be patient with yourselves, too!

Well wishes to All,

Tony Kemper

JCPS Meal Sites for Students

Jefferson County Public Schools’ Nutrition Services is distributing free breakfast and lunch to all children (both JCPS and non JCPS students) 18 years old and under. The program also includes JCPS students over age 18. Families can drive or walk up at any of the sites and get the meals from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. each weekday while schools are closed. Each child present can get a breakfast and lunch. Here are the sites and menu. Contact Ashley Brandt, ashley.brandt@metrounitedway.org with any questions.

Funding for Those in Need

Greater Louisville’s corporate community has come together to create One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund aimed to assist families and nonprofits in need in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Individual households may request support by contacting their nearest Neighborhood Place Location. Here’s an overview of the fund including who is eligible for support, how to request assistance, and how to donate.

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Tips from Our de Paul School Faculty

In these uncertain and challenging times, consider these important points for safeguarding our children’s emotional health and wellbeing:

Reassure Children That They Are Safe

You undoubtedly have had conversations to set your child’s mind at ease. It will be important to revisit these conversations regularly. For example, review that most people who become infected only get mildly ill and recover fully. Amid nationwide alarm and upheaval, our leadership in maintaining perspective is essential.

Call attention to ways people are helping others. Express appreciation to doctors, nurses, volunteers, and others who help those who get sick.

Communicate a positive perspective about hygiene and social distancing. Rather than talking about these from an anxious and self-protective point of view, emphasize that these are ways we help our community and keep others safe. This is how we join the ranks of the helpers.

Discuss how our bodies are very good at fighting off viruses.

Reduce And Prevent Anxiety

Establish a daily routine and stick to it. While children and teens may balk at structure, they need it for their own emotional security.

Set an example of calmness and confidence. As new information unfolds, children are watching your reactions to determine whether they should feel safe. They need to know that the adults are secure and confident in protecting children.

Frequent and repeating news reports are emotionally toxic. Daily death tolls, divisive debate, and casting of blame teach pessimism and despair. Limit children’s exposure to these news cycles.

Avoid conversations that depict worst case scenarios. Help children separate reality from rumor and fantasy.

Monitor Online Activities

Enforce screen-free time each day. Yes, remote instruction and social distancing will require increased screen time, but the fact remains that offline time each day is essential. Play board games, play in the yard, read books, or take a stroll together outside.

Enforce nighttime technology restrictions. On school nights, students should be restricted from late-night chatting or game playing.

Help your child navigate his/her online social life. Be aware that online interactions can bring unique forms of conflict or stress.