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Counselor’s Corner:

 

Hello, Glenmar families and friends,

Let me begin by saying how much I miss our scholars! This has been a difficult transition for all of us, but our Glenmar community is strong and I know we will get through this together. Secondly, I speak for myself, but I am sure that many of you as well, are feeling anxious and uneasy during this time of uncertainty. For kids this can be an especially scary and confusing time. To help your children cope with any anxiety surrounding COVID-19, I would like to offer the following suggestions to parents:

Limit Exposure to Media and Social Media: During this time, I encourage parents to limit their children’s exposure to the media as much as possible. Information is important and useful, but too much can be overwhelming. This also applies to social media. Monitor and limit your child’s screen time to prevent them from seeing or hearing something that could escalate their worries.

Reassure Your Children They are Safe: Parents should emphasize often and regularly their child’s safety. Reassure your children that you, their teachers, and first responders are doing all they can to keep the community safe and healthy. Remember that children pick up on what others are feeling and that panic only creates more panic.

Continue Healthy Habits: Encourage your children to maintain a regular schedule as much as possible. Even though we are spending most of our days indoors, it is still important to get plenty of sleep, eat healthy foods, and get exercise. Take advantage of nice weather and go for walks, get some fresh air, and enjoy time together as a family. Make daily safety precautions more fun by singing different songs (20 seconds or longer) while washing hands!


To provide some clarity of my role as your school counselor, here is what you can expect from me over the next several weeks. I will be reaching out to students and parents via Schoology to check in with them regarding how they are coping with the school closure and any anxiety around COVID-19. I will conduct virtual counseling sessions with students using Google Meet as needed to address any fears, in addition to discussing ongoing issues or concerns they may have during this time. In addition, as soon as we get the green light from the Office of School Counseling, I will upload monthly counseling lessons on Schoology for students to access. Until then, my priority is being a resource to you and your students. On that note, below are community resources you may find helpful:

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 

The Trevor Project:  1.866.488.7386 or text START to 678678 

Maryland Food Bank: 410.737.8282 

 

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email with any questions or concerns at jplatt2@bcps.org. I hope to see you all again soon once we can safely return to our buildings.

 

Be well,

Jessica Platt

School Counselor, Glenmar Elementary School