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  • Alert:

    As we all know, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, all travel has been severely restricted and non-essential businesses have been closed.  This means that Spring Break plans for almost everyone has been canceled.

    With this in mind, we are amending the school calendar for next week and these days will now be school days.  Due to this change, the last day of school for Estill County will now be May 14th

    This change will allow us to keep our students on a routine that will ensure a continuation of instruction and other services.  All staff will still be available for our families and food service will continue to serve breakfast and lunch.  For any family that still has plans for this coming week, your student can complete their work at your discretion.

    We will have further information tomorrow concerning the distribution on new NTI packets for days 11 – 20 as well as the return of work completed during the past 10 days.

  • Alert:

    As a reminder, ALL Estill County athletic facilities are now closed to the general public.

    Also, with the school closures, the KHSAA has suspended all spring sports and declared a dead period ending on April 19, 2020, at midnight.

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Mental Health Spotlight

Mental Health Spotlight

 

Infections disease epidemics, such as the Cornavirus (Covid 19), can be frightening not only for adults but also for children.  Many of our children and adolescents are very aware of the dangers of Covid 19 due to news reports, social media, and word-of-mouth discussions.  It is important to ensure that we are taking care of our own mental health needs and those of our children/youth during this time.  Children and adolescents are typically very aware of heightened emotions around them and may internalize some of these fears. 

Some symptoms of increased anxiety to be aware of can include:

  • Feeling nervous, restless or tense
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems
  • Having difficulty controlling worry
  • Trouble separating from caregiver
  • Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety
  • Having an increased heart rate
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating/Trembling

For more information on talking to your child about Coronavirus, please visit the following site:  https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

If you notice ongoing symptoms in your child, you may want to seek assistance through a mental health professional.  If you have questions or concerns, I am available for consultation at (606) 723-2181. 

Sonya M. Miller, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor





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