Schools closed, Distance learning through May 4

The Governor has ordered all Minnesota schools to remain closed with distance learning in place from March 30 through May 4 to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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Helpful resources for students, parents and educators
Julia Geigle

Julia Geigle, MSW, LICSW is a Certified Prevention Professional (CPP). She helps students and families in the Stillwater Area Public Schools access a variety of services such as chemical health screenings, early intervention, education, and related support services. Julia also coordinates and delivers substance abuse prevention services to include: classroom and community presentations, policy and program development, and educational and resource materials.

As we move into what appears to be a new reality arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, we may be encountering experiences and needs that are new to us. The typical resources we utilized may no longer be available in the same way. Furthermore, the emotional health of yourself and your children may be impacted in overwhelming and unique ways. 

Through this challenging time, please know there are resources available to help keep you afloat and aid you in practicing self-care, flexibility, understanding, and compassion. 

Please consult the following local resources that aid in helping you access daily necessities:

  • Community Thread  – access to services such as check-in phone calls, food and medical supplies/medication delivery, and transportation to essential medical appointments.

  • Valley Outreach  – food delivery, financial assistance, and other basic needs

  • United Way  – assistance accessing food, paying housing bills, or other essential services: Dial 2-1-1 or text the letters MNCOVID to 898-211

  • St. Croix Family Resource Center - helps youth and families with sustainable housing, financial stability, and healthy community connections

  • MSP COVID Mutual Aid   – offering resources and assistance to others in need

The following articles provide tips and tools to support not only your children’s mental health, but also your own during this time:

 

Please note that there are many agencies available to provide mental health support using telehealth. Click here to locate mental health services!