CMS provides mental health day for teachers and students

Teachers and students at Carlsbad Municipal Schools will get Friday, Nov. 12 off to focus on their mental health.

The district announced the free day would follow the Nov. 11 Veterans Day holiday when no school will be held.

Carlsbad Municipal Schools (CMS) Superintendent Dr. Gerry Washburn said he hoped teachers and students would use the day to decompress from the tension of going to school during a pandemic. He said the number of COVID-19 cases, quarantines and teacher shortages led to a high level of stress among each group. 

Washburn said he hopes students and staff get a chance to rest, play and enjoy their families during the extended weekend.

“I hope that they take advantage of the time to regroup so we can finish the first semester strong and move into the second semester,” Washburn said.