Parkville High

Counselor Check In

Hey fellow Knights!

We have definitely found ourselves in strange times. There's so much uncertainty around what we should and shouldn't be doing that it's easy to become anxious over our current situation. Some of you might be worried about graduating, some may be worried about the social aspect of being stuck at home. Others may be worrying about how this is going to affect their transcripts and scholarships. A few of you may even be worried about running out of toilet paper and food.

YOUR FEELINGS ARE VALID! It's okay to feel uncertain, anxious and even angry. It's okay to not be okay.

With the ever-changing situation, it's important to remember we are all in this together.

Be Patient. Be Kind. Be Well.

Here are some local/national resource numbers you may need:

United Way: 211

Crisis text line: Text the word "HOME" to 741741 for free 24 hour support

Maryland Suicide and Crisis Hotline: 1.800.422.0009

Baltimore County DSS: 410.887.TIME

Baltimore County Crisis Response: 410.931.2214

Maryland Food Bank: 410.737.8282

Useful information


Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is an illness that can spread from person to person and can be harmful to your lungs. Most people have symptoms like a cold or flu and return to health after about a week. Some people become sicker and need to be cared for in a hospital.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 may experience mild to serious symptoms including:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How can I help protect myself?

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if you don't have soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

How can I help protect others?

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your face
  • Throw your tissues in the trash
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Grab and Go meals from the BCPS Office of Food and Nutrition Services will be available Monday through Friday from March 16 through 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:

Battle Grove Elementary School

Chesapeake High School

Deep Creek Middle School

Dundalk Elementary School

Dundalk High School

Hawthorne Elementary School

Logan Elementary School

Sandy Plains Elementary School

Stemmers Run Middle School

Sussex Elementary School

Elmwood Elementary School

Halstead Academy

Middle River Middle School

Oakleigh Elementary School

Padonia Elementary School

Parkville High School

Pleasant Plains Elementary School

Carney Elementary School

Chadwick Elementary School

Dulaney High School

Cove Village Apartments in Essex

Rosedale Library

Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center

St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church on Eastern Ave

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks is offering limited meal distribution to children 18 and under through the Maryland Food Bank and Healthy Food Access St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. Take-away meals will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. Meal supplies are limited, and meals will be distributed on a first come first serve basis at the following locations:

Arbutus Community Center, 865 Sulphur Spring Rd., 21227

Cockeysville PAL Center, 9836 Greenside Dr., 21030

Dundalk PAL Center, 15 Commerce Pl., 21222

Hillendale PAL Center, 1111 Halstead Rd., 21234

Mars Estates PAL Center, 1498 East Homberg Ave., 21221

Scotts Branch PAL Center, 3651 Rolling Rd., 21244

Shady Spring PAL Center, 8876 Goldenwood Rd., 21237

Winfield PAL Center, 8304 Carlson Ln., 21244

Woodmoor PAL Center, 7111 Croydon Rd., 21207

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Coping Strategies

* Journal

* Use positive self-talk

* Listen to music

* Do deep breathing exercises

* Go for a walk or bike ride

* Face Time with a friend

* Practice mindfulness

* Take a bath

* Make a vision board

* Read a book

Online Resources

Self-Care does your mental health good

Feel like you want to keep your mind sharp?

Recently become the new "in-house" babysitter?

Here are some activities for your younger siblings!

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In Closing...

This might seem like a lot of information, some useful some not, but we want you to know that even though we aren't with you guys in person, we are still concerned about your well-being. With that being said, we will continue to share new and useful information with you as we find it. Until then don't forget to follow us on Instagram: Counselphs and keep an eye out for some fun self-care activities to keep us all connected!

Take care and stay stafe,

Ms. R (Ms. Serico's intern) and the rest of the PHS Counseling Department