Office of School Counseling

Friday Sendoff - April 24, 2020

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**NEW** Professional Learning Topics Survey - Must be completed by 4/29!!

Leadership in the Department of Social Emotional Supports is excited to plan for the 2020-2021 school year! We are continually looking for ways to provide professional learning and would appreciate your participation in a brief survey. Your feedback is valuable information that will support us in meeting your professional learning needs. The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete and there are two methods for access; you can use the survey link below or attached QR code to access and complete. We appreciate your time and ask that you reach out should you have any questions or technical concerns while taking the survey.

Survey Link: Department of SES Collaborative 2020-21 Professional Learning Planning Survey

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**NEW** A Message from First Financial Federal Credit Union

Over the past few weeks, you have paved the way for a new method of learning. Your dedication and hard work has truly been amazing... and it has certainly not gone unnoticed!

That's why we want to recognize YOU and share how incredible you are with our community (from a safe distance, of course)!

Teacher Appreciation Week is just around the corner and FFFCU would love to feature some of your awesome Continuity of Learning set ups on their social channels.

If you're interested, please use the link below to share your story with FFFCU! You will receive a $5 Amazon e-gift card for entering and $25 e-gift card if you're featured on their social media platforms.

What do you need to submit?

  • Your name and school(s)
  • Your email so they can send your gift card
  • Words of advice or one thing you've learned during this time
  • A photo of your awesome virtual counseling set up

Share Your Story

Thank you from all of us at First Financial Federal Credit Union! We are #BetterTogether.

For more information, please visit our website. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at or call us at 410-321-6060 ext 2610.

**NEW** CPS Fillable Form

You may have noticed that there’s a WAIVER OF CONFIDENTIALITY question on the generic PDF form we’re now using. According to CPS, they will always protect the reporter's confidentiality, by law. If the reporter does not want their name listed at all in the report, they can check that “NO” box. But either way, they will not disclose reporting sources. This could change if the case
goes to court.

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**NEW** A Message from BCACD

Our learning and development is ongoing and the BCACD Board continues to be committed to offering PD opportunities. We are excited to announce that BCACD will be sponsoring a Professional Development opportunity that will be presented by Amie Myrick, MS, LCPC (Director of Education and Training for Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland). Please see the attached flyer for more details and the link for registration.

Enhancing Youth Empowerment and Abuse Prevention Using Trauma-Informed Teletherapy

Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

Time: 4:30pm-6:00pm

*This event is sponsored by BCACD and is free for ALL BCPS School Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists, and PPWs.*

**NEW** Intern Supervisors

In a recent sendoff we outlined a number of direct and indirect activities they can engage in. These activities have to be with you as the assigned supervisor with students in your school. Interns can get direct hours working with students facilitating check-ins, 5th grade interest interviews, 6 year planning, junior conferencing, FAFSA completion and more. They cannot work with counselors at other schools during this time. if you have any questions, please contact your specialist.

**NEW** Telehealth Services Available Though Kennedy Krieger Behavioral Health

The Department of Behavior Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute is offering extensive telehealth services available to all patients in order to provide mental health and behavioral services to families during the COVID 19 pandemic. They provide evidence based assessment and treatment for children and adolescents from 18 months to 21 years of age with a wide range of physical, emotional, behavioral, and learning needs. Common areas of focus include, tantrums, noncompliance, lack of routine, parent-child conflicts, sibling conflicts, anxiety, depression, coping skills, eat and sleeping difficulties. This is an excellent resource for your families who are struggling and have not had success with other clinicians or treatments. Please share this resource with families as you see fit for your community. Clinicians are available now – there is NO wait.

Additionally, their psychologists are available to host a FREE webinar to teachers and/or parents about behavior management at home, scheduling daily routines, increasing compliance, or any other topics of interest. If you are interested in organizing a webinar for your school staff and/or families, contact Parwinder Kaur at or 443-923-7341.

**NEW** Pro Bono Counseling Project Training Opportunity for Counselors

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss benefits and drawbacks of using telehealth in various treatment settings.

2. Apply the ethical standards that relate to providing therapy services virtually.

Analyze research related to telehealth outcomes.

Registrants will receive a code prior to the webinar to log on and participate in the online session.

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**NEW** Free Exterior WiFi at the Library

As Baltimore County continues to identify ways to assist residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced new exterior WiFi resources at Baltimore County Public Library branches, to support students and other residents without internet access.

Participating Branches

Access free WiFi in the parking lots of these 10 library branch locations across the County:

  1. Catonsville, 1100 Frederick Road, 21228
  2. Essex, 1110 Eastern Boulevard, 21221
  3. Hereford, 16940 York Road, 21111
  4. Lansdowne, 500 3rd Avenue, 21227
  5. North Point, 1716 Merritt Boulevard, 21222
  6. Randallstown, 8604 Liberty Road, 21133
  7. Rosedale, 6105 Kenwood Avenue, 21237
  8. Towson , 320 York Road, 21204
  9. White Marsh, 8133 Sandpiper Circle, 21236
  10. Woodlawn, 1811 Woodlawn Drive, 21207

Residents are required to remain in their vehicles or otherwise adhere to all social distancing guidelines. These requirements are strictly enforced.

**NEW** Student Internet Access

In an effort to provide families with the resources needed for students to access online supports, learning and class meetings with their peers, please review the following:

All Households in Need of Internet Access

  • Step by step directions for Comcast Internet Essentials are attached.
  • This document will be shared with PPWs, School Counselors, and Social Workers to share with families if requested.
  • Other vendors offer connectivity options including Verzion, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

Students Experiencing Homelessness

  • Kajeet Wi-Fi SmartSpots will be offered for a four month period to each family experiencing homelessness and in need of mobile internet access.
  • Pupil Personnel Workers will contact families to determine connectivity needs and shipping information.
  • Hotspots will be shipped directly from the vendor to the address supplied by the caregiver (pending documented verbal caregiver consent).
  • Hotspots can manage up to 5 devices at one time.
  • Deliveries will occur the week of April 27.

If you have questions or need additional information please contact the Office of Title I ( or 443-809-3487) or Homeless Education Programs ( or 443-809-6311).

Virtual Crisis Walk-in Clinic

If you or someone you know are in need of mental health care, Sheppard Pratt is offering NEW virtual options

The Virtual Crisis Walk-In Clinic is available to any individual living in Maryland in need of urgent psychiatric care. They serve children, adolescents, adults, and older adults who need to be seen for a mental health issue as soon as possible. Their licensed clinicians are available Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. to assess your needs and connect you with care.

Request an appointment now.

Child Abuse and Neglect Refresher

Below are resources the CPS Liaison can share with school staff. This abbreviated presentation was taken from the online version to remind teachers of their reporting responsibilities. Attached is the generic DSS fillable pdf we’re using during the extended closure so reporters can email the report. Please instruct staff that the completed CPS form should be sent to the email address in the presentation (which is also at the bottom of the sendoff), Sharon Holter and the CPS Liaison. The CPS liaison should inform the principal of reports filed.

DSS received an increased number of reports last week of students not logging in for class and reports with no follow-up to determine if reasonable suspicion exist. If you are the liaison, please work with staff on what and when reports should be filed. If a student appears with a mark but no one questioned the privately to find out what happened, more information is needed before the call is made to DSS. If you have questions about specific cases, you can call your Specialist during office hours or email them for assistance.

Preferred Name and Gender in SIS and Google Meet

We are aware that some of the preferred names/genders in SIS are not showing up in Google Meet. If you have a student who is experiencing this, send the full name of the student (current name), the dead name and the user ID to Michael Fort ( and cc your specialist. They are going to work on a more permanent solution to this situation so when a name is changed in SIS the changes are picked up by Google.

Children’s Mental Health Matters Campaign May 3 – 9, 2020

The Children’s Mental Health Matters campaign brings together non-profits, schools, and other agencies with the following goals: raising public awareness of the importance of children’s mental health and substance use, helping reduce the stigma of mental health, and connecting families, educators and providers throughout Maryland with resources to help children. This statewide campaign is co-sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Maryland and the Maryland Coalition of Families.

Historically the campaign information and activities are coordinated by a champion in each school. Due to the educational changes associated with COVID-19, this year the campaign’s focus is to reach families at home, rather than students in school. Over the next few weeks leading up to Awareness Week, the campaign will post weekly themed resources that will benefit families and educators called Mental Health Mondays. Each Monday focuses on a different mental health topic providing activities and resources.

Please help spread the word to staff and families about this campaign. Information on the campaign and Mental Health Mondays can be accessed at

Elementary School Counselors

**NEW** A Little Spot of Anxiety Video for 3rd Grade Lesson

The link to the video was changed to a site that is accessible to students. Feel free to share the new link with your 3rd grade students as another option or replace the original. Not everyone can access YouTube with their devices.

High School Department Chairs

**NEW** SMORE’s Suggestions to Close the Year from a Distance

Figuring out how to reimagine the ceremonies, class picnics, and parties in a distance learning model is no easy feat. Certainly, there’s no replacement for all the events that make the end of the year special. But, it is possible to adapt the traditional rituals so that students feel valued and part of the community as they say goodbye for the summer.

The Resident Educator from SMORE created a template to help jump-start the process for you, and we hope it will be helpful. Remember, your college counselor has access to a district SMORE account.

To use it, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Click the template link.
  2. Personalize the newsletter as suits your needs.
  3. Click “Done Editing” in the top right-hand corner.
  4. Share it with your faculty/principals.

Figuring out how to reimagine the ceremonies, class picnics, and parties in a distance learning model is no easy feat. Certainly, there’s no replacement for all the events that make the end of the year special. But, it is possible to adapt the traditional rituals so that students feel valued and part of the community as they say goodbye for the summer.

High School Counselors

**NEW** NCAA Eligibility Center’s High School COVID-19 Response Webinar

As a companion to the eligibility center’s recent COVID-19 response, join NCAA on Tuesday, April 28 at 2 p.m. eastern time for a discussion on these important initial-eligibility adjustments. Click here to register.

Secondary Counselors

Update - Request for Transcript

As was published in a previous sendoff, BCPS has implemented an exclusively online process for former students to request graduation verifications, duplicate diplomas, and transcripts. Additional information is available on the Official Transcripts, Duplicate Diplomas and Graduation Verifications page. This process is exclusively online, there are no longer walk-in services. High School staff may continue to serve graduates throughout their first year after graduation with transcript requests.

With the closing of schools & offices we reached out to see how requests are being handled & this is the response we received:

"The only change we’ve made so far is that we are using ScribOrder for secure document delivery so that we can deliver transcripts electronically to the student. At this time we are not able to provide paper transcripts or duplicate diplomas."

College Counselors

**NEW** Baltimore County Police hosting "VIRTUAL CADET INFO. SESSION

**NEW** Virtual CCBC Admissions

CCBC admissions counselors are excited to continue working with your seniors to finalize their post-secondary plans. Please contact your CCBC admissions rep to schedule a date for your virtual instant admissions day. Seniors should complete their CCBC online application using the attached directions PRIOR to their appointment time with the admissions counselor. After the senior consults with them, you can review their FAFSA completion to ensure its complete and has CCBC listed as one of the receiving schools. If you have any questions, please contact your Specialist

**NEW** Wiley Education Services Scholarship

You may have received an e-mail from Wiley High School COVID-19 Relief Fund. We have not been able to determine if this is a reputable scholarship offer. They’re offering unlimited $8500 scholarships for participating colleges during this time, which raises red flags. They did not provide me with the application or confirmation that students would not have to pay for something in order to receive the funds. Please do not advertise this scholarship

**NEW** iFLY & Dr. Larry & Nancy Fishel Technical Scholarships

Applications are still being accepted for these scholarships. If you have any students applying for either one of these two scholarships, please ask your student to fill out the application & then e-mail to you in PDF format. Due to mail delivery issues & with the Jefferson Bldg closed, the Education Foundation is asking you to forward these applications to Cindy Whitcomb, via e-mail.

**NEW** Pre-apprenticeship Interactive Resource

Apprenticeship Program opportunity –

The Plumbers & Steamfitters Apprenticeship Training School has extended their deadline for applications for the 2020-2021 school year to May 2, 2020.

Below is a flyer for interested seniors.

ACT Information

ACT is offering digital learning and workforce resources to assist students, teachers, schools and workers impacted by COVID-19. You can either follow the link I provided or to do and click on COVID-19 updates.

Included in this are some free Online ACT Test Prep classes

There are several more resources that ACT is offering for free that are normally paid resources. Please check out the link above for more information.

Fee Waiver Instructions:

For schools inquiring about electronic fee waivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, ACT can send a maximum of 25 electronic fee waivers to them.

They can call or email ACT Customer Care:


Updated Naviance Scholarships for this week.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Upsilon Epsilon Omega Scholarship - Deadline 5/15/20

B. Davis Scholarship - Deadline 5/22/20

Big Sun Scholarship - Deadline is 6/19/20

Dr. Pepper Tuition Scholarship - Deadline 5/1/20

DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship - Deadline is 5/2/20

F. Grove Miller Maryland State Fair Scholarship Program - Deadline is 6/1/20

Feldco Windows, Siding & Doors Scholarship - Deadline 6/15/20

MHEC Financial Assistance Programs

State Financial Assistance Programs and Applications

Tuition Waiver for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients

NACAC Request for Admission Application Fee Waiver

Students who have limited financial resources may use the NACAC Request for Application Fee Waiver Form when applying for college. The form — aimed at students planning to enroll in post-secondary education immediately following high school graduation — helps ensure that access to college is possible for all.

BCPS Hub Information

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BCPS Counselors Good News & Inspiration

Some Encouraging Words from your friends at NCYI

NCYI's Word of Encouragement from Dan St. Romain

Our Counselors Are The Best!!!!

Some amazing messages from our amazing counselors....
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Want to share good news or have something for the COVID chronicles?

please email Sharon with your submissions for the sendoff good news and inspiration or for the BCPS COVID chronicles.

Professional Development

Teachers and counselors must engage in a minimum of two hours of virtual professional learning each week during the closure. Please document your participation in your Outlook calendar.

Naviance Webinar Series

Learn from Naviance experts about completing critical tasks with your students during the final months of the year. Register for a free webinar by clicking the button above. You must be logged into your Naviance account to view the webinar series.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health during COVID-19

From MD Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Network

ASCA Webinar series

Sign up for upcoming webinars. You must have an ASCA login and password to access their materials.

ASCA on Air (recorded webinars)

You must have an ASCA login and password to access their materials.


Schoology Access Codes

Elementary Counseling Curriculum: M4HSN-FCFN4

Secondary Counseling Curriculum: CFBV7-B6PCM

Threat Management: Q6RHK-WHHVC

College and Career Counseling: PFZD6-65N4V

Curriculum Updates: T7BM2-R8JSC

GSA Sponsors (LGBTQ+ resources): ZMBZ-4QXP-DKC89

Contact Information

Naviance Support: 1-866-337-0080 option 2 &

Signup Genius Support:

CPS phone number: 410.887.TIME

CPS email address:

MHEC FAFSA Completion (MD CAPS):

Cigna Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Through EAP, you get access to licensed clinicians to help you with emotional, behavioral, and other issues you may be experiencing such as help with finding pet care, elder care and caregiver support.

Crisis Text Line

Free confidential crisis intervention via SMS message. The organization's services are available 24 hours a day, every day, throughout the US

Counselor Observation and Evaluation Forms

The documents from this link are the most up to date and only forms that should be used for School Counselors. There are not online options or alternate observation forms for Counselors.

Office of Certification Contact Information

For information about recertification, growth charts and tuition, PD and conference reimbursements

Lauryn's Law Requirements and Course Offerings

This is the MSDE information page about Lauryn's Law requirements and local course offerings that fulfill the requirement.

BCPS School Counseling Pinterest

Check out our Pinterest page for ideas that will enhance your counseling program

Counselor T-Shirt Designs

Want to make a custom shirt for you or your department? Check out these svg desgins. There's a kiosk outside of Burlington in Security Mall that can make one for you.