In this blog post, Lori Batts, supervisor of school counseling services at Wicomico County Public Schools (WCPS), shares how they have been able to continue supporting their students amid the abrupt changes brought on by school shutdowns.
The impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of students has become a primary concern for teachers, counselors, administrators and families. Social emotional learning skills such as perseverance, overcoming obstacles, managing emotions and staying connected are important now more than ever as students cope with the challenges that come with not being in school, having access to resources, and the changes to their college or career plans.
In the midst of the confusion and uncertainty surrounding this current pandemic, I wanted to take a moment to let you know that we at Naviance by Hobsons are here for you, and we are working hard to ensure you are supported during this time.
We at Naviance by Hobsons are continuing to monitor the latest information regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). To support schools and districts through this unprecedented period, we have made many resources available to our Naviance clients.
The Hastings Area School System is a rural school district located in southwest Michigan. One of the gems of the district is one of their school counselors, Cathy Longstreet. She has been with the Hastings Area School System for 23 years, currently serving as a school counselor at Hastings High School and K12 Counseling Department chair.
Amanda Fitts is the college and career counselor at Arcadia High School located in Arcadia, California. She has been a school counselor for 13 years and has been with Arcadia High School for three years. Amanda started her career as a math and psychology teacher before going back to school for a counseling degree.
Jessia Vocatura is a school counselor at Norwich Free Academy (NFA) in Norwich, Connecticut. Norwich Free Academy is an independent 9th through 12th-grade high school that supports students from 14 different towns. Jessica has been with Norwich Free Academy for 24 years and has been the department chair for school counseling since 2014.
In a recent blog post, we shared that 21 schools in 13 states are participating in early access to the new Course Planner, which launched on December 16, 2019. The participating schools have played an integral part in ensuring that proper implementation and training materials were available for all clients when the new Course Planner is launched.
One of the most important decisions a student makes is what they will do after they graduate high school. Hobsons’ mission is to connect learning to life by matching students to opportunities across a lifetime of education decisions.
According to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, by 2020 about 65% of the jobs will require some form of education or training beyond high school. Whether students decide to go straight to a college or technical school, join the military, or enter the workforce after high school, they must understand what’s required to reach their goals.