March 23, 2020
This is a difficult time for all of us and we are in this together. We hope you are all doing as best you can and being as healthy as possible. We miss our students so much!
The best way to reach your child’s school counselor is by email right now. School Counselors do not maintain 24 hour access to email accounts. During school hours, we will do our best to respond as soon as possible. We are here to support your child.
If you are faced with an emergency situation, here are some options on how to handle it.
In the event of a counseling emergency, call The Crisis Center at (330) 725-9195 with detailed information located at http://www.medinamentalhealth.com/Crisis_Intervention.html
You can also Text the keyword "4hope" to 741741 and expect a reply from a trained Crisis Counselor within five minutes. Your message is confidential, anonymous and secure. Or call the The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
For immediate safety concerns regarding yourself or others, call the local police department at
If you have concerns about another child’s safety, try to contact that child’s parent. If you cannot get in contact with them and it is during school hours, you can contact me. If it is not during school hours and you cannot contact parents, you must contact the police to do a well child check.
Here is our list of county agencies, including counseling practices if your child is in need of ongoing mental health support. Many of these offer teletherapy.
Some thoughts on emotional wellbeing for middle-schoolers during this time:
Reaching a routine or as much normalcy as possible helps. Regular bedtimes and wake times, eating as normal as possible, chores and new routines of school work, family connecting time and rest are great.
Middle schoolers are usually social learners and need to connect socially. But social media and gaming can still be limited as they also are showing to have a negative impact on kids’ wellbeing. Set limits. It’s reasonable to be in common rooms and not behind closed doors while on technology.
Know that it’s ok for all of us, parents and kids, to feel scared right now. We are all in this together, though. Acknowledge worried and frustrated feelings and allow them. Parents and kids are stressed and need to have space to deal with this. We might need days off school work or chores as safety is the top priority right now. We might need more rest than normal. Connection and doing things we enjoy are good priorities.
Maybe have your child make a list of
These lists can then be used as a guide daily.
Scheduling for Next Year:
If your child has any schedule changes he/she wants to make for high school, email Mrs. Manos (email@example.com) and she will communicate that with his/her high school counselor. All changes are due May 1.
Mrs. Beal was able to make it into the classroom to select preferences for electives next year. Email her with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.