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11.18.20 Wellness Newsletter

December 15, 2020 by MetroED 0 comments

Another "Wellness Wednesday" to help you through the month of November! MetroED is dedicated to serving our employees and providing mental and emotional wellness resources for total health — mind, body, and spirit. These tools can help you navigate life's challenges and make small changes to improve your sleep, mood, relationships, and more.

Wellness news & updates
 NOVEMBER 18, 2020
Hello ,
Another "Wellness Wednesday" to help you through the month of November! MetroED is dedicated to serving our employees and providing mental and emotional wellness resources for total health — mind, body, and spirit. These tools can help you navigate life's challenges and make small changes to improve your sleep, mood, relationships, and more.
Health officials from Bay Area counties issue recommendations for safer holidays and travel
The joint recommendations advise the public that if you gather in person, keep it small, short, stable, and outdoors. Also, nonessential travel, including holiday travel, is not recommended. Travel outside the Bay Area will increase your chance of getting infected and spreading the virus to others after your return. For those who are traveling, there are tips to help avoid catching COVID-19 or spreading it to fellow travelers. If you travel outside the Bay Area, it is strongly recommended that you self-quarantine for 14 days after your return if your activities while traveling put you at higher risk of getting COVID-19. 
Staying home and avoiding gathering with those outside your household is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19
The safest way to celebrate this holiday season is virtually or with members of your household. Gathering with people outside your household – even extended family – increases the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. There are many ways to enjoy the holidays with loved ones without gathering:
  • Enjoy holiday traditions at home with your household
  • Decorate your home and/or yard
  • Share a virtual meal with family and friends
  • Host online parties and/or contests
  • Prepare meals using traditional recipes and deliver to family and neighbors
  • Attend holiday movie nights at drive-in venues
  • Visit holiday-themed outdoor art installations
  • Participate in drive-by events where everyone stays in their vehicles
Coronavirus holidays - how to celebrate safely - ESI Group

There's both good news and bad news on the Covid-19 front as we approach the holidays. First, the good news. This past week, Pfizer announced that they've developed a vaccine that is more than 90% effective.

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Disinfect, sanitize, clean: What works for COVID-19?

There are many unknowns when it comes to how COVID-19 is spread. What we do know is that the virus is more commonly spread by person-to-person contact (within about 6 feet).

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Carpooling isn’t recommended during the COVID-19 pandemic because of the close proximity between passengers and the way air circulates in vehicles. However, we understand that it is an unavoidable risk for some. If you need to carpool, please take the following precautions to keep you and others safe.
To reduce your risk:
  • Always wear a face covering
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Limit the number of people in the vehicle to two and keep as much distance as possible
  • Keep windows open
  • Don’t touch riders’ personal items unless necessary and sanitize hands before and after contact
  • Sanitize all surfaces before entering and after exiting the vehicle
Employee Assistance Program
MetroED employees and family members have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week access to free and confidential counseling in a variety of areas. Lines are staffed by experienced counselors with a Master’s or Ph.D. degree.
To learn more about this important benefit, simply click on the links:
COVID-19 testing for
educators and staff
Free COVID-19 testing for Santa Clara County educators and staff is returning to the County Office of Education. Testing will occur in the San Jose Room from 12 - 6 p.m. on the following dates:
  • Friday, November 20
  • Tuesday, November 24
  • Tuesday, December 1
This type of COVID-19 test is a gentle and non-invasive nasal swabbing. The test is free regardless of insurance status. Insurance information will be requested but is not required, and co-pays will not be billed.
School staff are encouraged to test regularly for COVID-19
As such, the Department of Managed Health Care has filed an emergency regulation to require health plans to pay for COVID-19 testing for all essential workers, including school staff. 
You are encouraged to periodically test for COVID-19, at least twice a month, by your primary care provider. 
Should you have any questions contact Lisa Ketchum at or
call 408-723-4245. 
Every person aged 6 months and older needs the flu vaccine, every year. This is especially true this year, with COVID-19 also circulating widely in Santa Clara County.
Flu shots on Saturdays at the Fairgrounds in San Jose
  • Saturday, November 21, 2020, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Car entrance for general parking: Gate D, 2542 Monterey Road, San José, CA 95111
  • Pedestrian entrance and disabled parking: Gate B, 344 Tully Road​, San José, CA 95111
  • Continues Saturdays through mid-December. No flu shots available at the Fairgrounds on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 28, 2020.
  • No appointment needed
It is important we all stay healthy and engaged at work and at home.
MetroED is here to help with ideas to build a happy-thriving culture and believes now more than ever in the impact wellness can have on our organization.
Our Wellness page will continue to focus on the importance of resiliency, growth, connection, and social aspects of health. In addition to sleep, energy, exercise, and diet. Check back often as new things are added regularly.
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The Governing Board is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discrimination against an individual or group based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital, pregnancy, or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; a perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.