Originally published by The Colorado Springs Gazette– June 29, 2020
The role of a school counselor is important, perhaps now more than ever.
With everything going on in the world today, young people need someone they can trust as they navigate times of personal and social transition.
The school counselor can be that person. We provide students with support during a time in their lives when it’s greatly needed. As a counselor at the career-focused Colorado Destinations Career Academy — an online public school — I’ve formed strong relationships with my students. Despite what many people think, our online sessions allow me to connect with and support my students, even more than I was able to in my previous brick-and-mortar school setting. I work with my students to set education goals, make college decisions, and discuss their social and emotional concerns.
Just because a student is enrolled at an online school doesn’t mean they won’t get the support and advice they need from their teachers and counselors. We have virtual, one-on-one sessions as well as larger group sessions where they can form relationships with their peers. In the past, I’ve taken my students to colleges across Colorado for in-person tours.
It’s important for students to have an accessible outlet — especially at school — for support and information. I hope all schools are providing guidance for students during this time. It is something that can and should be done no matter the school environment, whether we are in-person in the fall or continue learning online. The future of our students demands it.
To learn more about Colorado Destinations Career Academy, visit https://codca.k12.com/