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473b45dce1736WPS Counselors Cindy Klepper (K-6) and John Harris (7-12)
WPS Counselors Cindy Klepper (K-6) and John Harris (7-12)

WPS Counseling Services available to all students during pandemic closure

Mrs. Klepper & Mr. Harris post contact information, on-call hours, & other resources

The current COVID-19 pandemic has closed the school buildings, but we want you to know that your school counselors are still here to help you! During this unprecedented time, we know that it can be extremely stressful for families, as we try to navigate through these changes and new challenges.

Cindy Klepper (K-6 School Counselor) and John Harris (7-12 School Counselor) are using several different ways to connect with students and parents/guardians. If you have a need or would like to reach out to your school counselor, you can:

  1. Email your school counselor directly: Contact Cindy Klepper at cklepper@wahoowarriors.org or John Harris at jharris@wahoowarriors.org.

  2. Complete a Google Form (for Kindergarten through 8th grade): You will just need to answer a few questions and your school counselor will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

    For Elementary (Kindergarten through 5th grade), complete the following Google Form: https://forms.gle/b9E5c6b24nf2Vvjx6
    For Middle School (6th through 8th grade), complete the following Google Form: https://forms.gle/xA9mjmVvqeaD79VGA

In addition, the school counseling on-call hours will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. During these times, Mrs. Klepper and Mr. Harris will be available to talk live through Google Hangouts. Whether you need to just talk to someone (anyone) in these times of isolation or need to talk through some more serious issues, you can join Mrs. Klepper or Mr. Harris through this video conference option.

Lastly, it is important to know that, if you need immediate assistance from a mental health professional, please contact The Boys Town National Hotline:

     Call 1-800-448-3000
    Text "Voice" to 20121
    Chat at yourlifeyourvoice.org
    Email ylyv@boystown.org
    Download the “My Life My Voice” Mood App

We don’t want to overwhelm you with options, but we want you to know we are here, we are accessible, and we want to talk to you!

Note: As always, if the school counselor feels that the student is in danger of harm or of harming someone else, appropriate reports will be made as required by law.

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Links to social, emotional & school safety resources
by WHS Guidance Counselor John Harris

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Nebraska 2-1-1
211 is a free, community resources hotline that is available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with multilingual access. By dialing 211, you will be connected with a trained operator to help assess your needs, provide information and offer referrals to human services for your everyday needs and times of crisis.

The 211 service is provided statewide in Nebraska.

Dial 211 When You Need

  • Basic human needs services including food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance, utility assistance
  • Health services (physical, mental, disabled) including health insurance programs for children and families, Medicaid and Medicare assistance, maternal health care, crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention and rehabilitation, transportation or home rehabilitation services
  • Employment support including financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance, education programs
  • Child, youth, family and elderly services including after school programs, youth activities, adult day care, congregate or home delivery meals, respite care, home health care, transportation, homemaker and chore services
  • Volunteer opportunities

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abovetheinfluence.com
This Web site is created for the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign (a program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy). This campaign reflects what teens across the country have told us is going on in their lives.

Our goal is to help you stay above the influence. The more aware you are of the influences around you, the better prepared you will be to stand up to the pressures that keep you down. We're not telling you how to live your life, but are giving you another perspective and the latest facts. You need to make your own smart decisions.

You might even consider this Web site an influence. We know that you're very smart when it comes to the messages you see and hear. That's great and you should question us, too.

One way to do that is to review our sources. The numbers at the end of many of the facts are footnotes. You can click on them to find out where we got the information. We hope that this site helps you to be more aware of the influences around you, and that you carefully consider the risks when you're faced with tough decisions.

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Coalition to Support Grieving Students

The Coalition’s purpose is to create and share a set of industry-endorsed resources that will empower school communities across America in the ongoing support of their grieving students.

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Grief's Journey - a center for grieving children & teens
347 N. 76th Street
Omaha, NE 68114
(402) 502-2773

Since 2001, Grief’s Journey, formerly Ted E. Bear Hollow, has been a welcoming, safe place where grieving children, teens, and adults find hope. Research indicates that unresolved grief correlates to issues such as poor school performance and emotional and behavioral concerns, whereas healthy coping leads to long-term success for the child, the family, and the community. As the region’s cornerstone for grief support, we provide free peer support programs as well as training, education, and consultation throughout Nebraska and Iowa. Grief’s Journey relies on charitable contributions, special event income, and volunteerism to support its free programs.

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Resources courtesy of the Lincoln Public Schools:
    Trauma Informed Parenting: What You Should Know
    Helping Children with Trauma and Grief

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Mourning Hope

Mourning Hope is a grief support network for children, teens, young adults and their families who have experienced the serious illness or death of someone special to them. Support groups serve youth in kindergarten through young adults and their families. Mourning Hope is here to help when grieving the death of anyone significant in a child's life -- a parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt or uncle, or close friend.

Mourning Hope was founded in 1994 and is dedicated to providing emotional support for grieving youth and helping caregivers and the entire community understand the unique needs of grieving youth and families. Mourning Hope is funded by the generosity of our community and does not require payment for any services.

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National Association of School Psychologists
The National Association of School Psychologists has made these resources available to the public in order to promote the ability of children and youth to cope with traumatic or unsettling events.

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W.A.I.T. (Why Am I Tempted)
A web site that promotes abstinence, relationship skills training and leadership development.

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Your Life Your Voice
(Boys Town National Hotline)
The Boys Town National Hotline is a free hotline available to kids, teens and young adults at any time. We provide help when you need it most. Call, chat, text or email. We are here to talk if you're depressed, contemplating suicide, being physically or sexually abused, on the run, addicted, threatened by gang violence, fighting with a friend or parent, or if you are faced with an overwhelming challenge.

 

 

WPS Counseling Services available to all students during pandemic closure

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