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Dear Santa Rosa Families,

Soon the winter break will be here, bringing extra time to enjoy the traditions and people that we love. Yet, this will almost certainly be a different kind of holiday for most of us. Coronavirus cases locally and across the country are surging. We are weary of restrictions and sacrifices, but the virus is as strong as ever, putting our public health system at risk each day and taking lives within our own community. These are sad, sobering facts, and while this is not the holiday message that anyone would care to share, our public health authorities are imploring all of us to consider them as we make holiday plans – in order to save lives. 

In this email, you will find a collection of information gathered by the City and Santa Rosa City Schools to help to make this a safe and fun holiday season within your own household in Santa Rosa. We sincerely hope this information helps. Remember we CAN make a difference in how things will look next year with the actions we each take right now.  

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season,

Chris Rogers
Mayor
City of Santa Rosa
Laurie Fong
President, Board of Education
Santa Rosa City Schools
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A Message from Santa Rosa Youth

Santa Rosa City Schools and the City of Santa Rosa have teamed up to present this video Public Service Announcement. Hear what Santa Rosa youth have to say about fighting COVID-19 this holiday season and how you can help... so they can get back to school in 2021!

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How to Keep Your Family Safe this Holiday Season

We understand. It’s hard to keep track of the latest health orders and guidance. Here is a brief overview and where you can find more information: 

  • Regional Stay at Home Order. The County of Sonoma has announced a Stay at Home Order. The local order adopts the restrictions contained within the State’s recently announced Regional Stay at Home Order. The County is issuing the Order due to rising COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations. Residents are directed to stay at home except for work, shopping, or other essential activities, such as medical appointments, allowed by the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order. Currently, the City of Santa Rosa, as part of Sonoma County is under the Order. The Order prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes specific businesses and services except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others. Read more in the regional stay at home order
  • Limited Stay at Home Order. As of November 21, it is required that all non-essential work and activities stop between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am. Read more in the limited stay at home order
  • Face Coverings Required in Public. All California residents must wear a face covering outside of their homes in all situations with only a few exceptions. Read more about who is exempt and under which circumstances
  • Do not gathering or mix. Please keep to your own household and do not gather with others. Gatherings are not permitted. For the most up-to-date information about private gatherings, read more in the regional stay at home order.
  • Travel not recommended. Now that the Regional Stay Home Order is in effect, hotels and lodging can only offer accommodation for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations. Read more in the regional stay at home order.

For more information about the coronavirus emergency, please visit: srcity.org/PreventTheSpread

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Empowering Santa Rosa Youth to Help Conquer COVID-19

It’s strange to say that we must do this together, while also staying apart. But amid this COVID-19 pandemic, that’s what it will take – all of us working together, armed with knowledge and commitment to do what is needed to protect one another. This includes our children too, perhaps most importantly. By giving children information and helping them to participate in this effort, we empower one of the greatest strengths we have – our future!  

The following is a collection of age-appropriate information and resources on COVID-19 from some of the greatest minds there are, and simply curated on this webpage by the City of Santa Rosa. This information is presented with the belief that armed with knowledge, the children of Santa Rosa and everywhere will play an active, powerful role in conquering COVID-19 for themselves, their families and their communities.

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Mindset Reset

As 2020 winds down and the winter holidays approach, many families feel more anxious and isolated. Adults and youth alike are grieving the loss of “normal life” and traditional holiday gatherings and celebrations that would normally take place this time of year. One way to cope with the current state of reality is to take a different approach – a mindset reset.

Make this holiday season the time to put down our phones, close our computers and connect with our children by making positive memories and communicating more with our loved ones. Adjust the way you think about our current shared situation from “We have to stay home” to “We get to stay home.” Children mirror parents’ anxieties and when we regulate our own emotions and perspective, children are more likely to be happier and safer. 


Ideas to Mindset Reset this Holiday Season:

  • Together time. Spend time with your household. Make your home extra cozy with decorations and warm blankets. Enjoy fun board and card games or read books out loud to each other.
  • Presence over presents. This holiday season focus on spending quality time with your family. Don’t feel pressured to compensate or overspend on gifts this year. It will be especially important this year to volunteer to help others however we can – why not do it together as a family? The Sonoma County Library’s Send Seniors Mail program is one meaningful opportunity that you can do right from home.
  • Create and stick with a routine. Consistency is a healthy habit for all members of the family. Establish wake up and bedtimes for adequate sleep. Plan times for meals, snacks and breaks throughout the day. Also, model the behavior you want to see. Don’t sleep in until 11:00 am if you don’t want your teenager to do that.

Times may be harder for some families. Consider getting extra support this year if your family is more greatly affected by COVID-19. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ healthychildren.org site is a great place to start or review a list of local resources here (link to resources section).

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Boredom Busters

One way to help maintain a healthy mindset this holiday break is to be prepared with a few fun activities up your sleeve. Here are some ideas to help turn “I’m bored” into “That was fun!”  

  • Curate a playlist and throw a family dance party. 
  • Play guessing games like I Spy, Hangman or 20 Questions. 
  • Interview loved ones by Zoom and create your family tree. 
  • Make a time capsule your kids can share with their kids about this quarantine experience. 
  • Go outside and play together in the rain, or sunshine!   
  • Serve up fun in the kitchen with a new recipe where everyone helps, and then dress up for a fancy dinner party! 
  • Put on a puppet show. 
  • Explore the world online! Many organizations are offering online experiences during the pandemic such the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, the Jelly Cam at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • For a whole plethora of ideas, check out Visit Santa Rosa’s Things to Do Now – Virtually webpage or just search “COVID Boredom Busters” online.

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Crush COVID with Creativity Challenge!

Submit Your Entries Here

Show how you and your family are striving to help beat this pandemic. Draw a picture, take a photo, or make a short video (max :15) that depicts how you’re staying safe this holiday season, or show how you’re spreading cheer to your loved ones and neighbors while following COVID-safety rules. Please upload your submissions here by New Year’s Day, January 1, 2021. Then, look for a special video celebration of the ‘Crush COVID with Creativity Challenge’ in the January 7th City Connection’s newsletter.

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Resources Available to You

  • Get Tested. Getting a COVID-19 test prevents the spread of COVID-19 with early detection. Learn more about where and how you can get tested
  • What’s open? Sonoma County is in the Purple Tier, which means many non-essential indoor business operations are closed. Learn more about which types of businesses are open in Sonoma County.  
  • Food Assistance. Use the Redwood Empire Food Bank’s Food Finder to find food near you if you are in need. 
  • Financial & Housing Assistance. Learn about resources to help with financial and housing hardships during COVID-19 on the County of Sonoma website
  • Help for Mental Health & Wellness. Feeling anxious and isolated is not unusual in this situation and resources to help you cope are available, including the Mental Health Warm Line at 707-565-2652 operating 7 days a week 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Workers Rights and Paid Sick Leave. California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has created a list of resources to help employers comply with emergency requirements to protect their workers and to provide workers information on how to protect themselves and prevent the spread of the disease. In addition, Cal/OSHA can answer questions about sick leave during this time.
  • Business Resources. We understand it's hard to keep up with changing guidelines to operate safely amid COVID-19 and have created the Santa Rosa COVID-19 Business Owners and Workforce webpage to help.