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Red Ribbon Week

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Published by Michele Dillon on October 23, 2018

        


CCS Got Talent

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Published by Michele Dillon on October 22, 2018

        


CLC3 Tours 2018

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Published by Michele Dillon on October 22, 2018

        


Hurricane Just ahead

The Cumberland County Schools (CCS) is working closely with Cumberland County Emergency Management to monitor the path of Hurricane Florence. Based on weather projections and the State of Emergency issued by the Cumberland County Commissioners, there will be a three-hour early release for students on Wednesday, September 12. CCS’ Prime Time before- and after-school care program will close two hours after schools dismiss.

 

The school system will be closed on Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14 for all students and staff.

Currently, the projected make-up days are as follows:

  • Traditional Schools – Monday, October 22 & Wednesday, November 21
  • Year-Round Schools, Early College High Schools, & Cumberland Polytechnic High School – Tuesday, November 6 and Wednesday, November 21

“As always, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority,” said CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr. “Based on our County Commissioners’ guidance during this State of Emergency, we encourage all staff members and students to adhere to the curfew, which will be effective beginning Wednesday. We hope everyone will take the necessary precautions to prepare for the storm and be safe. Additionally, we will continue to monitor the storm’s impact on Cumberland County and make any necessary decisions regarding school next week as soon as conditions allow.”

To receive updates regarding delays and school closings, visit CCS’ Website, www.ccs.k12.nc.us, and social media pages, facebook.com/CumberlandCoSch  and  twitter.com/CumberlandCoSch.

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Published by Michele Dillon on October 22, 2018

        


Parent Night for ESLParent Night ESL

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Published by Michele Dillon on October 22, 2018

        


National School Lunch Week

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Published by Michele Dillon on September 28, 2018

        


National Association of School Psychologists NASPWe would like to share this information with you in response to Hurricane Florence and the flooding that has impacted this area. Such events can be traumatic for children and youth of all ages. Parents, guardians, teachers, and significant adults in a child’s life are uniquely situated to help children to manage their reactions. According to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), some common reactions in children are as follows:

  • Preschool – Regressive behaviors, decreased verbalization, increased anxiety.
  • Elementary – Poor attention/concentration, school avoidance, irritability, clinginess, aggressions, somatic complaints, nightmares, social withdrawal.
  • Middle and High School – Sleeping and eating disturbances, agitation, increase in conflicts, physical complaints, delinquent behavior, and poor concentration.

It is important that we recognize the effects of natural disasters and offer help to our students. Recovery occurs over time. Changes as a result of natural disasters create a “new normal” for survivors. Please review the infographic provided by NASP for strategies that you can implement at home. Also, when our schools are back in session, feel free to reach out to the school counselor, school social worker, and/or school psychologist assigned to your child’s school. As school mental health professionals, these staff is trained and available to talk with students and to link parents to community resources.

Helping Children After a Natural Disaster: Tips for Parents and Educators

Adults can help children manage their reactions after a natural disaster. Follow these key reminders and visit www.nasponline.org/natural-disaster to learn more.

two hands one adult one childRemain Calm and Reassuring
Children, especially young ones, take cues from adults. Acknowledge loss or destruction, but empathize efforts to clean up and rebuild. Assure them family and friends will take care of them and over time things will get better.

 


Icon of person raising hand in the air to ask a questionAcknowledge and Normalize Most Feelings
Allow children to discuss feelings and concerns, but don’t force them to talk about the disaster. Listen, empathize, and let them know most initial reactions are normal. Be attentive to, and obtain assistance for, feelings and concerns that may suggest that the child (or anyone else) is in harm’s way.

 


arrow pointing upwardsEmphasize Resiliency
Competencies
Help children identify coping skills used in the past when scared or upset.

Strategies
Encourage prosocial behaviors and good physical health.

Awareness
Highlight communities that have recovered from natural disasters.


Two people with arms around each others shoulderStrengthen Peer Support
Children with strong emotional supports are better able to cope with adversity. Especially among adolescents, peer relationships can decrease isolation and supplement support from caregivers who are experiencing their own distress.

 


person laying on a bedTake Care of Your Own Needs
You will be better able to help children if you are coping well. Take time to address your own reactions as fully as possible. Talk to other adults, take care of your physical and mental health, and avoid using drugs or alcohol to feel better.

 


Warning sign - triangle shape with exclamation mark insideSeek Help for Prolonged Signs of Distress
With the help of naturally occurring social support systems, most children will be fine. However, some may have reactions requiring professional help. Consider getting professional support for children whose reactions continue or worsen after a week or more. Your child’s school can be a great source of support.

 


For additional guidance, visit www. nasponline.org/safety-and-crisis.

We thank you for your support as we work together through the aftermath of this natural disaster.

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Published by Michele Dillon on September 26, 2018

        


CLC3 Tours 2018

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Published by Michele Dillon on August 14, 2018

        


CLC3 Tours 2018

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Published by Michele Dillon on August 3, 2018

        


 

CCS' Back-in-School Launch Party

 

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Published by Michele Dillon on July 11, 2018

        


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