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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Countdown to school

Published in Sleep Medicine, For the Health of It Author: Sylvia Sundberg,MD

The transition from summertime fun to a structured school year is difficult for children. With a little planning, you can reduce your child’s anxiety and your stress.

Try these tips:

One week before school

  • Adjust your child’s bedtime a little every day until you reach the “school night” goal.
  • Host a playdate so your child can reconnect with a classmate.
  • Make one last trip to the beach or pool.
  • Take a walk to school or the bus stop.
  • Visit school and meet your child’s teacher.
  • Find a spot for doing homework (away from distractions and with good lighting).
  • Create a family wall calendar.
  • Assign spots for backpacks, coats and shoes.
  • For older kids, put together a kit for your child’s locker. Include bandages, mints, deodorant, lip balm, lint roller, hand sanitizer and tissues.

Day before school

  • Make up a secret handshake for saying goodbye to help ease separation anxiety.
  • Create a “to-do” list for your child’s morning routine. Use pictures if your child doesn’t read well.
  • Organize clothes for the week to keep the mornings on schedule.
  • Clear a pantry shelf and set up a self-serve station with snacks for children to grab for their backpacks or after school.
  • Wind down early with a favorite story at bedtime.

First day of school

  • Wake your child 15 minutes early to avoid having to rush.
  • Eat breakfast together.
  • Take a photo of your child.

As you talk to your child about school starting, point out the benefits to create positive anticipation about the first day of class. Talk about seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Reminisce about happy memories from the past school year.

Have an epic year at school!