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Virtual Solutions to Online Learning Challenges

Owensboro Public Schools is making the reaching out process easier for students in need, with virtual access to school counselors.

Posted: Sep 3, 2020 9:28 PM

Its not just the virus students are facing.

"With the new school year, and starting virtually, it looks different for every student. So, anxiety is probably one of the main things that we see, and a lot of counselors are working on right now," said Summer Bell, District Mental Health Coordinator for Owensboro Public Schools.

Not only in Owensboro, but across the nation, with students from coast to coast headed to computers instead of the classroom in big numbers.

But security experts warn:

"With that rush, will come increased cyber risks for schools and for their students and families," said Patrick Thielen.

Among those risks: cyberbullying and harassment, and virtual learning means virtually no escape, with some online lessons are taking a terrifying turn.

Negative encounters and feelings can send any student searching for some extra help.

Here in Owensboro, staff is on standby even when class isn't in the building.

"Students having access, definitely to more technology, that is an issue that can come up," Bell said of cyberbullying. "I would encourage any student--if you notice that is happening--or as a parent, to reach out to your school counselor. That is something our school counselors can address."

Owensboro Public Schools is making that reach out process easier.

They're connecting kids to their schools counselor--through a roll-out of school specific websites--

With resources and ways to link up--should they need to talk about anything.

Eventually, each school in the district will have its own online resource.

Right now, Emerson students can click here for more.

Owensboro Middle School students can click here.

Owensboro High School students can click here.

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