A teacher who was diagnosed with depression and who also struggled with the flu has found a way to keep her students and school safely in school.
In a video posted to YouTube, Stephanie Wiebe explains how to avoid the flu and avoid becoming overwhelmed with worry, anxiety and depression while keeping her students safe.
I have a plan for when the flu comes.
My plan is to keep my kids safe, and keep them safe in the best way.
If it’s really bad, I can just tell them, I will go to the doctor.
And I can walk them through the steps.
The video was posted to Wieb’s channel on YouTube in September and received more than 3.5 million views.
It was also shared by other YouTube channels and received thousands of shares.
A school resource officer said Wiebs plan to keep school open in the event of a flu pandemic would be beneficial.
“Her plan will allow us to stay open while our school is closed for flu season,” said Julie B. Smith, a district resource officer.
“It is important to remember that students can’t be expected to keep a school open 24/7, but it is important for our school district to be prepared and to be proactive in the face of the influenza pandemic.”
The video has garnered over 2.5 lakh views since it was posted.
Beth Lippitt, the district resource agent for Wiebing said her plan for school was to keep students safe while maintaining a “safe, supportive, and caring” environment.
She said Wierbins plan is “just a start” for Wierbe students.
If a flu season does occur, the school will reopen in the first week of October.
Smith said she does not know if Wieber’s plan will continue into the school year.
Wieb is a teacher at St. John’s High School in Springfield, Massachusetts, which is a charter school in which students can attend either a full- or half-day school.
The district has previously said Wiesber’s plans would be implemented this school year, but she has since made it clear she will not have the same plan this year.
“I’m still committed to the school and my students and my school,” Wieben said in an interview with the Springfield Herald-Leader.
When asked if she had considered leaving her job in order to get better care, Wiebed said: “I don’t know, I’ve just been working hard to get back to where I was before.”
Smith told ABC News that Wiebian’s plan would be helpful for other educators.
“We all have to take the time to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure that our students have the best possible experience and are learning the best thing we can and they are not going to be overwhelmed by any of these things that they might experience,” Smith said.