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Michele Kelley Turner, M.S., Evergreen School Counselor - Last names A-K

My Student Virtual Counseling Office code is 4fjqrnx.

I will be regularly checking email (multiple times daily on weekdays) during the Coronavirus closure.  Please reach out by email if you need anything and I will respond as soon as possible!  I am happy to call or email you!  My contact information is below.

Below are some resources that provide guidance to parents on how to support their children during the Coronavirus outbreak:

Caregiving Amidst Coronavirus: How Do We Support Our Children During a Pandemic?
This article is a quick read and shares some very clear, specific ideas about how to support kids during this unprecedented time.

How to Talk with Your Child About the Coronavirus
Great New York Times article that discusses how to talk with kids of various ages given the current situation in our country.

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children
Article from the Centers for Disease Control with helpful guidelines.

Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus
Article from the Child Mind Institute about talking with your kids about Coronavirus, including the importance of not avoiding the topic.

Coronavirus: Latest Updates and Tips from  Includes many links for helpful information during this challenging time.

Julia Cook is an author who has written many wonderful children's books that I often read with students.  She is going to be reading on Facebook during the Coronavirus outbreak!  See the link below for more info! 
In addition, one of Julia Cook's books called The Yucky Bug, does a nice job of explaining the concept of a virus to young children.  The following link is The Yucky Bug read and illustrated by children.

Anxiety Resource 
In addition, the following website is a wonderful general resource (not specific to Coronavirus) for families whose children are experiencing anxiety:

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Mrs. Michele Kelley Turner, M.S.
School Counselor, Last names A-K
Evergreen Elementary School

The mission of the Perkiomen Valley School District is to provide a rich academic and cultural learning environment that maximizes available resources to assure that all students grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally, attaining the skills necessary to become successful citizens. 

What do PV Elementary School Counselors do?
Elementary school counselors are responsible for helping students with their social and emotional growth and adjustment within the school setting.   One primary role that school counselors have is teaching age appropriate classroom guidance lessons at each grade level.  We also support students by consulting with staff, parents, and outside professionals regarding student behaviors and concerns, working closely with the Student Support Team regarding academic concerns, and initiating the first steps of  multi-disciplinary evaluations.  Counselors typically serve on various committees such as the Student Assistance Program, Emotional Support Team, School Wide Positive Behavior and Intervention Team, and School Improvement Team.  We also have a wide variety of responsibilities including case management of 504 Plans, acting as LEA Representative at IEP meetings, discussing attendance issues with parents/guardians.  Counselors are responsible for conducting the first stage of gifted screenings and gathering data for full evaluations for students who qualify.   Other tasks include assisting students with financial need through programs offered during the school year, working with students in small groups, assisting with PSSA testing, and assisting the principal as requested.  In general, counseling offered in the school setting is short-term in nature and families are referred to outside agencies for ongoing therapeutic needs.  This is similar to the medical model where the school nurse addresses issues that arise during the school day, but your child's ongoing medical needs are managed by their physician.

What if my child is having a problem at school?
It is always best to start by contacting your child's teacher.  They spend the most amount of time with your child and often can be very insightful regarding your concerns.  If you need additional support after contacting the teacher, please feel free to e-mail or call me.