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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

School News
Welcome back to school!! It was so exciting to see our students for the first time in weeks! We know that there have been difficult times in the past weeks. We appreciate your dedication to school and willingness to push through these difficult times. We want our YACS family to know that there is support if needed. Our counselors are on campus and available to help as needed. Please see the message from our Counseling department.

School Culture Reminders
Welcome back! A few reminders now that school is back in session, Our mask mandate is still in effect. A mask should be worn daily and the mask should be worn covering BOTH your nose and mouth.  Students should not have cell phones or ipods in their ears. If a teacher or leader sees a student with a cell phone, the cell phone will be taken. 

Teaching and Learning

During these first days back to school, our teachers will focus on a reset to welcome our learners back to class and remind them how we do school at YACS. Reminding our learners of our classroom and school policies and procedures will improve instruction in the coming weeks. 
We are happy to have everyone back in school!

School Calendar Changes 
September 24, 2021 – In – person full school day - students should report to school
Fall Break: October 11 – 13, 2021 – Virtual Asynchronous Instruction for grades 9-12 only 
Thanksgiving Break: November 22 – 23 - Virtual Asynchronous Instruction for grades 9-12 only 
***All vacation days, report card days, and school start/end dates remain the same*** 



  • Families who are in need of support regarding IDA recovery can find helpful resources here. 

  • It is Suicide Prevention Month and the Counseling Department is offering a Parent Suicide Prevention Workshop on Wednesday, September 22nd from 12 pm-1pm. Please use this link to join us! Here is a suicide prevention handout for caregivers.

  • Following the Parent Suicide Prevention Workshop, the Counseling Department will be presenting on suicide prevention to our 6th-11th grade learners during the week of September 27th. If you have any concerns about this please reach out to a member of the counseling team. You can find our contact information here. 





Talking with Students
About Natural Disasters

Reaffirm safety
Make time to talk
Keep explanations developmentally appropriate
Observe children’s emotional state
Maintain a normal routine

RESOURCES for Elementary:
Mindfulness for kids:
Cosmic Kids Zen Den
Blissful Kids    
For Parents:
Talking to your children 

-Let students lead and express their feelings and share their experiences.
-Validate feelings. 
-Allowing time to journal or draw can be helpful in processing.

-Facilitate organized, honest communication that aligns with your class norms.
-Minimize misinformation. If unsure if the information is factual, try a reply such as “I am not sure if that is fact/truth or just a story. I will try to find out for us.”
-Remain aware of reactions or behaviors that may indicate your students are experiencing BIG feelings.
-Discuss efforts of school and community leaders to provide safe schools and communities. 

-Process your own emotions. 
-Collaborate on ways to move forward and take care of yourself.
-Seek help from trusted people in your community. 

A Guided Workbook- “My Hurricane Story”
A Story about Hurricane Ida- “When the Lights Went Out”


Mental Health Resources:

  • Tulane’s TIKES is offering free tele-mental health support for parents and caregivers. Click here to learn more.
  • Ochsner Health is offering a free tele-mental health session through Ochsner Anywhere Care. You can log on online or through the app anytime and use the code “IDATherapy”
  • Louisiana Healthcare Connections has a 24-hour toll free crisis hotline you can call to speak to a licensed clinician.–
  • Disaster Distress Helpline – This is a free, confidential 24-hour helpline for anyone affected by a natural disaster, including Hurricane IDA. Call or text 1-800-985-5990 to get connected with a mental health professional.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline- # 1-800-273-8255
General Resources:
  • FEMA:  Applying for Natural Disaster Assistance, from Hurricane IDA. FEMA will help determine your eligibility for different assistance offerings. Remember to document any property damage and save receipts for repairs, equipment and hotel stays Or Call, 1-800-621-3362
  • NOLA Ready: Hurricane Ida Response Information (Shelter Info, Cooling Centers, Meals/Water/Ice distribution). or Text: NOLAREADY to 77295 on your phone for regular emergency notices/updates
  • Louisiana Department of Transportation: For mapping your route in and out of NOLA area, provides real-time updates on road conditions/closures.
  • Free Roof Tarping Assistance: Provided by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Gas Station Tracker: Identifies the Fuel and Power status of gas stations (can search by city and by map)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): In addition to providing 24/7 confidential counseling services to help those dealing with the emotional aftermath of a disaster, they also have specialists standing by to help connect you with finding shelter, emergency programs, the Red Cross, and other national/local resources. or Call, 1-800-222-0364 
  • Second Harvest Food Bank - Feeding South Louisiana: Food assistance for Louisiana residents
OTHER ​​Helpful Resources



Health and Wellness Tip of the Week

Jefferson Parish Schools recognizes the significant impact that Hurricane Ida and the subsequent school closures are having on the emotional well-being of our staff. In order to provide emotional support and recovery resources, we have created a Confidential Emotional Support and Resource Line for all JP Schools employees. 


Certified mental health professionals will be available via telephone to provide support and additional resources to JP staff during these trying times. Staff members may call (504) 349-7629 Monday-Friday from 9am-7pm to speak with one of our trained mental health professionals.


Please be advised that if staff members are in a life threatening situation, they should call 911 for immediate assistance. 




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