November 16, 2018
Greetings Inspire Families and Community,
Following is an update on many topics that are relevant to the Camp Fire: getting back to school; resources to help you feel better; enrollment for new students; activities for getting together with friends; and a note from your teachers. Inspire is actively reaching out to our students from Paradise, Magalia, Concow and other heavily impacted areas. If you have not heard from anyone, please email your advisor to check in and let us know how you’re doing.
Inspire has room at every grade level for new students. Parents can fill out enrollment paperwork at the following link. Click Here to Register. We will be on campus Monday and Tuesday to assist families wishing to enroll at Inspire. Our office will be open again beginning Monday, November 26th to help with this process.
For families seeking support to help find a school for their students, Butte County will be activating a School Ties component of the 211 system beginning Monday, November 19th. This resource will help you navigate the wide range of school choices available in Butte County. It is available 24/7 by dialing 211 from anywhere is Butte County. Outside of Butte County, families should dial 1-866-916-3566 to reach the service. You can also text the word “school ties” to 85511 to reach a School Ties Case Manager.
Social / Emotional Support
Your MTSS Team has been working hard to make sure that mental health services and resources will be available to all students impacted by the Camp Fire tragedy when school opens back up. We are here for you, and please reach out to us if you have any needs before school starts.
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Caring Choices and Butte County Behavioral Health are providing mental health support within evacuation shelters
- The Growing Place 592-6332 (evacuation center on east ave)
- Disaster Distress Helpline
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. This resource is available 24/7, 365-day-a--year, a national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free hotline is multilingual and a confidential crisis support service. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.
- Links for adults:
SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN IN A TIME OF CRISIS
A Note from your Teachers
Your teachers want you to know that we care about your success in school. We have been meeting to discuss ways to support you when we return to campus, and we are committed to helping you, each other, and our community heal in the wake of the Camp Fire tragedy.
When we get back, it will be important for you to tell us what you need. We’ll have strategies to help on a case-by-case basis. We’ll do our best to provide learning experiences that are flexible to fit a range of student needs, but also rich and meaningful.
We know some of you won’t have access to spaces or resources to do work after school...we plan to provide learning opportunities during class time and limit expectations for work at home.
We know that some of you will have a hard time managing emotions...we want to give you resources to help you cope with your feelings, spaces for you to take a break if you need it, and understanding about what you’re going through.
We know some of you will want to be challenged and will want high expectations...we want to give you choices that allow you to be challenged. We WILL get you ready for AP tests, college, and life beyond.
We have a lot to figure out together. We won’t be perfect. You don’t have to be, either. Just know, we’re here for you and we truly care about your education, your hearts and your minds, and your well-being.
We look forward to seeing you again soon!
With gratitude for you,
Your Inspire Teachers
Activities to help you connect
Inspire ASB is organizing a pizza dinner for current Inspire students, new Inspire students, and their friends and family who have been affected by the Camp Fire. The dinner is a chance to come together and spend quality time with one another, eat some pizza, listen to some music, play some board games and talk. The event will take place on Saturday November 24th from 4 to 7pm. Exact location and more details to follow next week.
There are a variety of other events that Inspire students are welcome to attend. This is a good way to catch up and connect with each other. Butte County Office of Education (BCOE) is maintaining a facebook page with a calendar of activities for students and their families (https://www.facebook.com/BCOECrisisResponse/). This will be a great ongoing resource.
Pivot Charter is holding an internet café gathering this Saturday, November 17th at 1350 E. 9th Ave from 9am to 4pm. This is a great opportunity to hang out and connect with friends. Also a time for families who do not have access to the internet to make use of their resources.
Please know that you are in our thoughts as we move through these trying times. We will be sending out additional correspondence in the upcoming days. As of today, school is tentatively scheduled to resume on December 3rd. Please check the Inspire website (www.inspirechico.org) and social media for ongoing information.
The Inspire Team