• Community Assistance - 211 Colorado

    Posted by Kim Boyd on 5/27/2020

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  • Recognizing Abuse and Neglect during COVID-19

    Posted by Kim Boyd on 5/6/2020

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    Please see the following resources for more information on recognizing abuse or neglect while in this virtual season.

    Colorado4Kids link

     

    Recognizing Abuse and Neglect

     

    K-5 Teacher Toolkit6- 12 Teacher Toolkit

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  • FREE- Grocery Delivery

    Posted by Kim Boyd on 4/21/2020

     

     

    Free Grocery Delivery

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  • COVID-19 Testing Sites

    Posted by Kim Boyd on 4/20/2020

    COVID-19 Expanded Testing for Symptomatic Individuals

    UCHealth, in coordination with El Paso County Public Health, has expanded testing guidelines at its drive-through tent located at South Parkside Drive/KidsKare Point, one block east of Memorial Park.  Hours for the drive-through site are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.  

    COVID-19 testing will now be provided to any individual experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath within the last 3-5 days. No doctor’s note required.

    Testing at Peak Vista Community Health Centers

    Beginning today, Peak Vista Community Health Centers (Peak Vista) is providing a drive-through community COVID-19 testing site for symptomatic individuals 12 years of age and older. No appointment or doctor referral is required to receive testing. The testing site is located at Peak Vista’s Academy Campus, located at 3205 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80917.

     Testing hours today, April 17, are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the South parking lot (enter through Village Rd S). Based on test availability, the regular hours will be Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to enroll as a new patient, please visit peakvista.org or call directly at (719) 632-5700. 

    For media requests, please contact Kelly Utermoehlen, Director of Communications, at (719) 290-7054.

    The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are those of an acute respiratory infection or influenza-like illness. Symptoms typically include fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, and body aches. Other less common symptoms could include headache, confusion, runny nose, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of smell.

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  • Rent and Unpaid Bills Relief Resources

    Posted by Kim Boyd on 4/3/2020
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  • Community Resources for COVID Relief

    Posted by Kim Boyd on 4/3/2020

    COMMUNITY RESOURCES

    District 49 cares about our community. In this difficult time many families are struggling and we want to provide resources for your support. The following list will be updated periodically as resources are found. This is not an exhaustive list but we hope you find it helpful. 

     

    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

    • For anyone working in the food industry that lost their job, they can apply on this site for financial assistance

    If you or someone you know is a part of the beverage industry and is in need of financial assistance, please apply for an aid grant here: www.usbgfoundation.org/beap

     

    FOOD RESOURCES

     

    • Food Pantry Website, this site provides a list of places that are providing food and should stay updated, some of those places are also listed below.

    https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/co-colorado_springs

     

    • Fresh Start Food Pantry, providing free food to those in need a few times a week

    7375 Adventure Way

    Colorado Springs, CO 80923

    https://www.freshstartcenter.com/contact 

     

    • Ecumencial Social Ministries Food Pantry

    719-636-1916

    201 N Weber st.

    Colorado Springs, CO 80903

     

    • Overcomers International Ministry

    719-646-5354

    411 Lakewood Circle

    Colorado Springs, CO 80910

     

    • Salvation Army Food Pantry and Hot Meals

    719-636-3891

    908 Yuma Street

    Colorado Springs, CO 80909

     

    • Mercy's Gate

    719-277-7470

    4360 Montebello Drive

    Colorado Springs, CO 80918

     

    • Life Community Church

    719-392-7091

     

     

    District 49 does not endorse nor recieve any reimbursement from these resources. We are simply providing this list for your information.

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  • Food Pantry Open

    Posted by Kim Boyd on 4/2/2020

    The food pantry is still open if you are in need of resources. Please visit the website for more information.

     

    Fresh Start Food Pantry Website

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  • El Paso County Public Health- COVID-19 Video

    Posted by Kim Boyd on 3/31/2020
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  • Teens and COVID_19

    Posted by Kim Boyd on 3/30/2020

    Teens and Social Distancing

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  • Managing Stress During the Coronavirus

    Posted by Kim Boyd on 3/16/2020

    With all of the closures and changes in our daily routines, many of us are feeling the stress and anxiety of this worldwide pandemic. People feel stress and anxiety in a variety of ways: 

    • Disturbances in sleep- Having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, as well as sleeping longer than usual.
    • Disturbances in appetite- Some people find themselves snacking more or having little to no appetite.
    • Mood changes- Often when under stress, people become quicker to responding in a negative way - snapping at people or being on edge. Some people may withdraw and isolate themselves both physically and socially.
    • Difficulty concentrating and staying focused- The things we are stressed or anxious about often come to the forefront of our minds, making it difficult to concentrate. Sometimes, we find ourselves staring off not thinking of anything and wonder why we are having such a hard time focusing.

    All of these and more are signs of stress or anxiety in adults. And, when adults are anxious, well...our children pick up on this and may mirror our anxiety. Children may show signs of anxiety in the following ways:

    • Attention seeking behavior- When our children are anxious, they often seek out adult attention. However, when the adults are also anxious, this can become a strain on the child/adult relationship. Be mindful that your child may need extra positive attention and plan ways to provide that during this time where routines are not typical.
    • Excessive crying and tantrums- Your child may be scared or upset because of all the changes and not understanding what is going on. Adults need to show extra patience with children and help them feel safe. 
    • Returning to younger type behaviors- Children under stress will often revert back to younger types of behaviors during times of stress. Honestly, sometimes adults do as well. Again, patience is the key while also providing a safe and caring environment. 

    Things We Can Do- 

    • Limit the exposure of news and social media. It is important to stay informed, but there is a point of over-stimulation of media. Try to set a time that you will watch the news of browse the internet for information. Try to engage your child in activities that do not involve the media or even electronics. This will help you, as well as your child, in managing the stress of this situation. 
    • Make time for your child and plan specific activities to enjoy together. Play a board game, color, shoot some hoops in the backyard or other things you enjoy. This will help you, as well as your child, relax.
    • Help your child feel safe and reassure them. It is important to be honest, but not overwhelm them with information that is beyond their development level. (See- How to Talk to Your Child About Coronoavirus)
    • Be available for them to talk and listen to their fears and ideas without judgement. Children and youth have their own fears and ideas about this situation. Listen to them and try to respond honestly while reassuring they are safe. 
    • Keep routines as best as you can. Routines help us feel safe and bring comfort. Although your regular routines may be off due to closures, try to make new routines for this situation. This will help everyone in the household. Set an alarm to wake up, keep meals as regular as possible, set times to exercise, read, or do homework. Post the daily schedule on a whiteboard or on the refrigerator. 
    • Eat Healthy. Often when we are stressed, we seek out comfort foods which often are not the most healthy. Your body works best when provided healthy foods like lean meats, fruits and veggies, and whole grains. It's important to try to make healthy food choices to help us sleep better and feel better especially when we are stressed.
    • Move and Exercise. When everyone has to stay at home, it can feel almost impossible to get up and move. But, exercise and movement reduces that bad hormone, cortisol, that is caused by stress. When you engage in aerobic exercise and get your heart rate up a bit, it burns of cortisol and creates more “feel good” hormones called endorphins. This can help you feel better, sleep better and generally manage stress. 

    Let's all work together to keep ourselves, our family members, friends, and children mentally and physically healthy during this situation. 

    - Dr. Kim L. Boyd, PsyD, BCBA-D

    Director of Community Care,
    School District 49

     

    For more information go to CDC- Mental Health

     

     

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