During its July 13 School Board Meeting, Lake Washington School District Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, removed “Rebels” as the Juanita High School mascot. Dr. Matt Livingston, Director of Secondary Education and Juanita High School Principal, Kelly Clapp, will now begin the process outlined in Policy 6970 to select a new mascot.
The COVID-19 pandemic and school closure impact regular ways of living. Wellness practices may not be the highest priority each day. Including wellness-related activities, when there is time to, may be helpful in dealing with current increased stress and anxiety.
Wellness is the result of making choices that promote positive ways of coping and nurturing a healthy body. Wellness practices during this time will likely feel and look different than practices under typical circumstances. Anxiety and stress are common during periods of uncertainty and can challenge our ability to cope. However, it is possible to adjust typical practices to foster social, emotional and physical wellness during the COVID-19 closure.
The concept of wellness incorporates all parts of life, and is usually includes social, emotional and physical wellness. Below are four categories of tips that may be helpful during the current closure.
Social wellness includes opportunities to connect with others. This may be especially challenging during the stay at home measures. However, there are a variety of ways to stay in touch with others and receive social support.
Emotional wellness includes being able to identify our feelings and manage them. While schools are closed, individuals may be experiencing a wide variety of emotions, including stress and anxiety.
Use important skills like working together and being creative when building your own Virtual Family Field Day.
- Physical Activity
You will be able to get your local produce and goods, this season, at local farmers markets.
- Healthy Meals
The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, provides information on science-based practices that support a more meaningful life.
- Stress Reduction
The University of Cincinnati Medical Center created a COVID-19 resource on social connectedness. The page explains why connectedness is important and how it impacts our health.
- Social Support