NCSD counselors see changes to their day to day schedules

Published: May. 21, 2020 at 5:51 PM CDT
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A couple of Natrona County School District counselors are doing a lot of their job virtually and working with people they’re not used to working with before the schools had to close.

“I’m talking to a lot of parents which is kind of a different role than I’ve really had in the school, but I’m enjoying it,” said Afton Jennings, an NCSD counselor.

Cody McLean, an NCSD counselor, said his role is now being a liaison with families he’s working with and people at the school.

“If we hear about an issue or a problem at home we are able to communicate that to people at school to help out with a technology problem or any academic issues,” McLean said.

He adds he’s used to more face-to-face interaction with kids in their classrooms.

“I do a lot of school-based play therapy, but we can’t really do that virtually,” McLean said.

Jennings said she’s doing her best to keep some classroom activities going virtually, like social-emotional learning.

“Breathing techniques and finding a safe space in your home are skills that we work on in the classroom and we are trying to find ways to show those to the whole family,” Jennings said.

She adds she’s connecting with students by holding weekly office hours and seeing if they need any additional academic or community resources.

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