Update from the School Counselors

Dear Families,

I hope this newsletter provides information to assist you and your child. Please know that all the staff at CMS continue to be available to address concerns and answer questions. We miss seeing our students.

Counselor Availability

Mrs. Hedrick and Mrs. Rhodes are available daily during normal school hours (8:00-3:15). Feel free to reach out via one of the following ways:

1) Email-- (kdhedrick@gaston.k12.nc.us or lbrhodes@gaston.k12.nc.us) We will be checking emails regularly

2) Students can complete Google Classroom "Check-In" Form

6th and 7th Grade Google Classroom Code: kp6h4g3

8th Grade Google Classroom Code: syq3utv

3) You can contact Partners Helpline with any mental health emergency during weekday evenings and weekends by at 1-888-235-4673

Ethical Considerations we will be following as outlined by American Counseling Association:

A.15. Virtual/Distance School Counseling School counselors:

a. Adhere to the same ethical guidelines in a virtual/distance setting as school counselors in face-to-face settings.

b. Recognize and acknowledge the challenges and limitations of virtual/distance school counseling.

c. Implement procedures for students to follow in both emergency and nonemergency situations when the school counselor is not available.

d. Recognize and mitigate the limitation of virtual/distance school counseling confidentiality, which may include unintended viewers or recipients.

e. Inform both the student and parent/guardian of the benefits and limitations of virtual/distance counseling.

f. Educate students on how to participate in the electronic school counseling relationship to minimize and prevent potential misunderstandings that could occur due to lack of verbal cues and inability to read body language or other visual cues that provide contextual meaning to the school counseling process and school counseling relationship.

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Places to Access Helpers

Right now the helpers are located in distant places but can be accessed easily via the internet and/or text. See the list below.

Resources Specific to the CoronaVirus outbreak and anxiety https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/current-events/supporting-your-emotional-well-being-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/

1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline is free, confidential, and available to everyone in the U.S. 24/7. You do not have to be suicidal to call the Lifeline. Staffed by trained support people.

LifeLine Chat--This is the same as The Lifeline, but in a chat function.

Dear Anxiety--a podcast focusing on helping children between the ages of 7-15 with anxiety of all types. The last few podcasts focus specifically on Coronavirus and anxiety.

Safe Space--Home to resources and tool to provide you with some extra support in an emotionally safe environment.

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

Unemployment Information for North Carolina

If you or anyone in your household has been laid off due to Covid-19, please click here for more information from the NC Department of Commerce. You may qualify for benefits.

You can apply for benefits online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you need help, contact the Customer Call Center at 888-737-0259, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.