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Thursday, November 19, 2020
Please note, the Teacher Weekly and District Updates will not be published next week.
Both issues will resume after Thanksgiving Break (December 2-3). Enjoy the holiday!
FREE drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available on Saturday, November 21, at the Board of Education!

In partnership with the city of Memphis, SCS will make FREE COVID-19 testing available Saturday, November 21, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Board of Education. Unlike the deep nasal swab test, these "no-pain" tests only go midway into the nostrils and are available for adults and kids. Test results are emailed the following day.
Mrs. Dowty of Kingsbury MS tells us why she's thankful!
Tell us why you're thankful using #WeAre901Thankful.

Even in the midst of a global COVID-19 pandemic, the 901 community has shown that we still have so many reasons to be thankful. Reaching and continuing in a mindset of gratitude is not always easy during difficult moments, but SCS is shifting our focus to the things we can be grateful for. Using the hashtag #WeAre901Thankful, we are challenging the community to tell us in a 30-second video clip: what is meaningful to you, and why are you thankful during this season? Mrs. Dowty posted her video on the Kingsbury MS Facebook page. Post your video to social media the rest of the month!
The Fall Upward and Peer Feedback process for non-instructional employees runs November 30 - December 19.

Take this opportunity to give leadership and your peers kudos and feedback on job-related tasks. This feedback opportunity is only open to employees on the Non-Instructional Evaluation (NIE) plan.
November is American Diabetes Month!

According to Cigna Healthcare, nearly 10 percent of the SCS population has diabetes and even more are at risk. In addition, at least 25 percent of our population suffers with hypertension, a known risk for diabetes. Diabetes also puts people at risk for cardiovascular disease, nerve damage and complications from COVID-19. Click here for information on understanding diabetes and here to find out some of the causes. Check out these tips for managing diabetes. For additional information and resources, visit here.

Omada provides the first step towards diabetes prevention!

Did you know SCS has a diabetes prevention program for SCS Cigna participants? That's right! Omada Health is a diabetes prevention and weight management program that provides the tools and support needed to help you lose weight and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. Best of all, it is FREE for SCS Cigna members. Click here to determine eligibility.

Don't let holiday stress get you down!

The holiday season is meant to be a very joyful time spent with family and friends. This year, the season may look a bit different. In addition, many are suffering with stress and depression due to a loss of loved ones. Click here for Cigna's holiday survival guide and here for tips from the Mayo Clinic on dealing with holiday stress. Remember, SCS' Employee Assistance Program is always here as well.
Help spread warmth to students in need during Operation Warm Hearts!

Our favorite winter giving tradition is back for the sixth year. Operation Warm Hearts is Tuesday, December 1, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. in front of the Board of Education. Once again, we are collecting new coats and outerwear to support our students in need. Monetary donations can also be made through CashApp to purchase more items. Our schools, departments and community have made this one of our most successful giving campaigns each year, and we're looking forward to your support as we help spread warmth again this year. Learn how to get involved here.
Hepatitis B vaccines are available at the SCS Family Care Center.

Employees interested in receiving a Hepatitis B vaccination can make an appointment at the SCS Family Care Center at 130 Flicker St. There are three series, and employees have one week to complete each series (Nov. 16-20, Dec. 14-18 and May 14-21)Get additional details here. Employees must make an appointment (416-6079) and present their badge to receive the vaccine.
Flu shots are available for employees through Nov. 25.

SCS and Methodist are partnering to provide flu shots for employees this fall. Appointments are available every Thursday and Friday through November 25, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Family Care Center on Flicker. Flu shots are free for employees with a CIGNA health plan and $20 for employees who are not on the District's plan. Dependents can also get a flu shot for $20. View the flyer here. Call (901) 416-6079 for an appointment.