How Schools and Communities Are Providing Mental Health Support for Students When Schools Are Closed

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A school sign shows a message as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps over Colorado and the country outside Littleton High School Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Littleton, Colo.

A school sign shows a message as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps over Colorado and the country outside Littleton High School Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Littleton, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

March 30, 2020

School districts across Colorado are working to provide mental health support for their students even when their schools are closed to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The Mesa County Valley School District 51 will begin remote learning for students on March 30. District officials say students and families will be able to contact school counselors about mental health concerns.

“Our counselors and mental health teams are ready to roll if and when students and families need us. We have protocols in place for almost any situation,” said Shauna Hobbs, the district’s school counselor coordinator.

Hobbs said the district’s mental health teams are also identifying students who may need support and plans to proactively begin reaching out to those students next week.

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