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12.2.20 Wellness Newsletter

December 15, 2020 by MetroED 0 comments

It's more important than ever to remain focused on self-care and wellness. Wellness encompasses all aspects of emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing.

Wellness news & updates
 DECEMBER 2, 2020
Hello ,
It's more important than ever to remain focused on self-care and wellness. Wellness encompasses all aspects of emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing.
Making time for self-care is important, including getting enough sleep, taking time to do the things that bring you peace of mind and proper nutrition. It is through these things that you rest and recharge, and this gives you the focus and energy you need to be able to have a fun and enjoyable holiday season!
We look forward to celebrating the season with YOU! Please join us for the Superintendent's Holiday Express Lunch on Friday, December 11 from 11:30 to 12:30 outside the Superintendent's Office. Drive by, say hi, pick up lunch, and see the holiday decorations!
Personal Hygiene Begins and Ends with our Hands
Though we’re taught as youngsters to wash our hands before dinner, it’s important to remember that germs don’t care what time of day it is. Clean hands prevent sickness. So it’s especially important to learn the basics about hand hygiene so that you, too, can become a champion hand washer! Let’s examine some handy (see what we did there?) tips and info in honor of National Handwashing Awareness Week, which takes place each year during the first week of December.
There are a lot of Unknowns in the World Right Now
headspace is there for you. To help support you through this time of crisis, headspace is offering meditations you can listen to anytime.
These are part of a larger collection in the headspace app — free for everyone — called Weathering the storm. It includes meditations, and sleep. Stress less, sleep soundly, and be more resilient. headspace is also offering educators, administrators and support staff a FREE subscription. To learn more go here.
Please Watch this Video on Symptom Self-Check
COVID-19 Symptom
It is extremely important that health and safety screening takes place each day. Complete the MetroED health screening assessment at home before coming to work. If you have one or more symptom that day or within the past three days, that are not explained by another reason, STAY HOME and contact the COVID-19 Liaison at or call 408-723-4245, for further instructions. 
Quarantine Requirement after Travel
Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the Health Officer is implementing new requirements for Santa Clara County. These changes are in effect Monday, November 30, 2020.
Find more details click here.
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:
Wellness Benefits
Check out the healthy living resources, deals and discounts, and many other wellness benefits available to you through your healthcare provider.
Safety Matters
The safety and well-being of our students and staff has been and remains our top priority at MetroED. Our teachers, administrators, and staff are vigilant about creating a safe and healthy campus environment. We provide extensive training for our personnel, continuously update our safety protocols, conduct rigorous physical inspections of our facilities, and work closely with the other public safety agencies. It’s a role we take very seriously. Please take a moment to read the MetroED Winter 2020 Safety Newsletter and the MetroED Nov. 6, 2020 Safety Committee Meeting Minutes.
School Staff are Encouraged to Test Regularly for COVID
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.
FREE flu shots Saturdays through December 12 at the Fairgrounds in San Jose
  • 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
  • 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.
Leafy greens including kale, spinach, arugula, and chard are the undeniable superstars of the food world. Low in calories, yet high in fiber, vitamins, and phytonutrients, greens are incredible for your health in more ways than you would even suspect.
Whether in whole food form, smoothies, or organic greens powders, greens have the power to make you look and feel younger, and can even support healthy aging!
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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.