In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are spotlighting our current staff who support employee and student wellness.
Susan Gayle has been working with Caroline County Public Schools since 1984, first as a volunteer and then as a substitute school teacher.
Susan has been the Parent Teacher Resource Coordinator since 1994. She has provided professional development workshops on a variety of topics relating to Special Education to faculty and families. Susan is currently the Certified Mandt Crisis Prevention trainer and has been since 2006,
Since 2014, Susan received Basic Mediation Training, is the Certified LEAP trainer for VCU-Partnership for People with Disabilities, Mental Health First Aid, ASIST Suicide, Suicide Alertness, Parents as Collaborative Leaders-Basic and Advanced. Since 2015- Certified Trainer for Ruby Payne-Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World, Bridges Out of Poverty. Since 2017- Career Counselor-DARS-Section 511 Trainer for VCU.
As the Homebound/Homebased Coordinator, she collaborates with faculty, staff, and families to enhance teaching and learning, provide support and promote shared resources and services.Susan has served in many leadership roles: consultant to the Special Education Advisory Committee since 2002, Chairperson for the Family Fair Planning Team and the Fredericksburg Area Council on Transition (FACT)
Susan is glad to be a “listening ear” for families and staff.
This is what I do, and I appreciate what you do! #OneCaroline
Concern about COVID-19 (coronavirus) has created a rapidly evolving environment where changes are being made quickly in the interest of public health. In accordance with Governor Northam’s March 13, 2020 declaration ordering all K-12 schools to close for a minimum of 2 weeks, Caroline County Public Schools will be closed for students beginning Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 27. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments throughout the two-week closure and notify families as quickly as possible of any necessary changes. At this time, there is no plan to adjust the previously scheduled Spring Break (April 3-April 13).
Continuity of Instruction Plan
Our instructional team has been working diligently in preparation for a potential closing. Daily PK-12 activities in core content areas (math, language arts, history, science, CTE, Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, and ASOL Special Education) have been developed to allow your child or children to review and reinforce content. Students will work on the various activities at a pace and time that works best for your family. These instructional activities will be available online at the CCPS website on Tuesday, March 17 at 12:00p.m. Paper copies are available for parent pickup, if needed, at your child’s school on Tuesday, March 17 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 18 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Further information and directions associated with continuity of instruction activities will be emailed early next week.
Food Service Sites
Additionally, for many of our students, the meals provided at our schools are a crucial part of their daily nutrition. Additional plans are being made to address this vital need across the Caroline community. At this time, CCPS will begin providing “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch meals on Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27.
Bowling Green E.S., Lewis and Clark E.S., Madison E.S., and Caroline M.S. will serve as meal sites.
Any Caroline County child 18 and under is eligible for “Grab and Go” meals.
Meals will be prepared by the CCPS Food Services Department and served curbside from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The parent/guardian (or alternate driver) must pull up to any of the four distribution sites to receive breakfast and lunch items for that day. Please note, the child(ren) must be in the vehicle to receive any meals.
Building and Transportation Deep Cleaning
Throughout the two-week closure, CCPS will conduct a deep cleaning of school buildings and buses utilizing EPA-approved cleaning products and practices.
During this unprecedented experience, we will continue to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of our community. Please visit our website to view our “COVID-19” page for the latest information regarding the virus. Additionally, should you have any additional questions, please contact your child’s school. School offices will be open to the public on Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 18 (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Be sure to stay close to your email for additional information as it becomes available.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this national pandemic.
News from the Caroline County Public Schools – Parent Teacher Resource Center
Mark your Calendar
The Ausome Saturday at the Ashland Theatre – program is geared toward families who have a child/children with special sensory needs and their siblings and friends. The program offers a family, monthly, four free tickets to come and watch the Ausome Saturday movie. Special adaptations are made to make the viewing experience more sensory friendly. Details are on the flyer. To participate all someone has to do to reserve their space(seat) is call the designated phone number on the flyer, 804-401-7007, ext. 210, leave their name, phone number, and number of seats needed (up to 4 per family). Typically, several days before the Ausome Saturday movie, anAshland Theatre staff person will call them back to confirm the reservation. Then all the family need to do is show up for the movie, confirm their reservation, and enjoy the show! FLYER ATTACHED!
December 28th, 12 noon – Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker
VDOE is excited to share that they now have the ability to send information and updates directly to families. This month’s main focus will be Family Engagement in Education Month. Families can sign up to receive these messages by clicking here: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/. ‘Sign up for emails’ is at the bottom of the page.
Support on Face Book Did you know that Child Mind Institute has a number of Face Book groups dedicated to supporting and connecting parents and caretakers? Simply search Child Mind Institute on FB and click on ‘groups’. They currently host Girls with ADHD, Selective Mutism, Disruptive Behavior and Childhood Anxiety.
How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior Kids who seem oppositional are often severely anxious. Click the link above to read Caroline Miller’s article on Child Mind.org. In it, she discusses how anxiety can manifest in a surprising variety of ways.
Comfort Zone Camp is the nation’s largest bereavement camp headquartered in Richmond, VA. Since 1999, we have helped over 20,000 all at no cost. I am reaching out to you today, to let you know that we are a free and effective resource for grieving children ages 7-18 who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver.
Our camps take place on weekends throughout the year. At camp we do a mix of traditional camp activities (games, arts & crafts, s’mores) and also weave in support groups that we call, healing circles. All kids are paired 1:1 with their own big buddy, who serves as their anchor, mentor and friend. At camp, we see kids break their isolation, get back to being a kid again and gain tools to help them in their everyday grief journey. They are also able to attend annually. Therapists who volunteer at our program say that a weekend at camp is worth six months or more of therapy! Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Comfort Zone will have three Virginia camps in 2020 on the following weekends: May 15 – 17, August 14 – 16, and November 6 – 8.
I am writing to ask for your help to:
-refer grieving kids to our program
-use CZC as a resource as needed when you have questions on supporting grieving children.