Administrator's Monthly Update

Peggy Larson

A message from Peggy Larson
District Administrator

In an effort to continue the focus on mental health and well-being, I’ve been providing tips for building resiliency in kids. This is because being a learner is hard work for our young people, and we are trying to help prepare them to resilient in life and school.

This month’s tip is with respect to routines. In our schools, our teachers and staff build routines into everyday and every classroom. We recognize routines are an important strategy to help our students settle in, event on the busiest of days, so they can focus and accomplish the work at hand.

A pre-cursor to routines is helping your child to get enough rest. SLEEP. We encourage at-home routines to include enough for sleep. Here are the recommended guidelines for sleep from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Infants 4 months to 12 months should sleep 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
  • Children 1 to 2 years of age should sleep 11 to 14 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
  • Children 3 to 5 years of age should sleep 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
  • Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
  • Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age should sleep 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

My articles have been focusing on students and their health needs. At WCSD we are also cognizant of our staff’s need for strong emotional health. Families in our District received an email from me stressing the importance of allowing our staff to “unplug.” With the help of our Mental Wellness Committee, we've developed new guidelines about after-hours non emergency communication. Essentially, we asked that families expect a return communication within 24 hours or during the next school day, and communication initiated on Friday-Sunday evenings will be returned on Monday, or the next day of school. If there is an emergency situation, we asked that families contact the teacher via phone/leave a message or call me. 

I hope you will view this request, as well as my tips on resiliency, in the spirit of caring for the whole person. 

Bring on the Holidays! Be well!

If you ever have questions, feel free to contact me at (920) 582-5802 ext. 3141. Thank you for your continued support of education in our communities.

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