Optional School Counseling Activities
(from previous weeks)

Week of 4/13-4/17: Internet safety!
We encourage all students during this time to practice online safety. Visit Netsmartz kids for fun activities, videos and games for kids to do in order to learn about how to be careful online.
Netsmartz kids for all grades: Click here for the link

Grades K-2
Internet safety video for small kids: Link
Rule #1 Let your parent or other adult type the right address for you in your internet bar
Rule #2 Don't ever type your name, age or other personal information on a web page or anywhere online unless your parent or other adult tells you it's okay.
Rule #3 Don't give anyone your student number, user name or even passwords.

Grades 3rd-5th
Safe online surfing activities: This provides students a fun way to learn about online safety. 
Click here for the fun to begin!


Safety pledge for students to take with families. Please review this with the family and discuss it together in order to practice appropriate safety when using online tools:
Online safety pledge: Click here
Please print this, and keep it posted in a safe place!

Week of 3/30-4/3 - Mindfulness and Deep Breathing Exercises
Steps to Take Relaxing Deep Breaths:
Remember to take your time and breathe slowly to help you feel relaxed!(Link)
1) Get Comfortable!
2) Breathe in through your nose (3 seconds). Let your belly fill with air. 
3) Breathe out through your mouth (3 seconds). Release the air from your belly.

Deep Breathing Exercises:
-Triangle Breathing
-Star Breathing
-Lazy Eight Breathing
-Five Finger Breathing


KG-2nd Grade Mindfulness Breathing Exercises:
Melting - Flow (Go Noodle)

3rd-5th Grade Mindfulness Breathing Exercises:
Strengthen Your Focus (Go Noodle)

Week of 3/23-3/27
- Social/Emotional Stories and Career Exploration: http://vaview.org/
What would you like to be when you grow up? This website helps you to explore various career paths to send you in the right direction.

3rd-5th Grade Career Activities:
Career Start/What Do You Like?
View's Clues
Career Kids
Career Town
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

KG-2nd Grade Social/Emotional Story Books and Activities:
We Do Listen - http://www.wedolisten.com/
Arthur and His Feelings http://pbskids.org/arthur/games/aboutface/

Discovery Education: Link   
This is a great resource for getting information about any subject.  There is a large inventory of images that can be used in reports and projects, as well as short videos.  Ask your teacher for your user name and password.    

Game Time!: jeopardylabs.com/play/test-buster-jeopardy-mwes
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Lesson Topics Taught During the 2019-2020 School Year:
1) The Role of the School Counselor
2) Impulse Control: Stop, Think and Act
3) Rumors
4) Diversity
5) Coping Strategies
6) Feelings Identification
7)  Bucket Filling: Treating others with Kindness
8) Bullying Prevention Strategies

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Prince William County Resources:

1. Private mental health providers:
https://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/cs/Pages/Private-Providers.aspx

2. Community services resource information:
https://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/cs/Pages/Community-Services-Resource-Links.aspx

3. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program:
https://www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/snap.cgi

4. Temorary assistance for needy families: 
https://www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/tanf/index.cgi
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PWCS Resources:
                  
1. Specialty Program information:
For info click here

2. Bullying prevention:
Bully Awareness 
Stop Bullying

The Prince William County Public Schools "Code of Behavior" states, "Bullying means any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. "Bullying" also includes cyber bullying, which involves the transmission, receipt or display of electronic messages and/or images. Bullying does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict. For more information regarding the Prince William County Public Schools bullying regulation, please visit the PWCS website.

The school counselors are committed to ensuring MWES is a safe environment and bully free zone. We work hard to educate our students on the difference between conflict and bullying. We teach all students at MWES that unkind behavior in a conflict situation is not tolerated or accepted, we are working to educate students the difference between conflict and bullying situations to improve conflict resolution skills in students. Students are reinforced to inform a trusted adult (teacher, school counselor, parent, etc.) immediately if they believe they are a victim of bullying. This year, the school counselors have introduce the concept of the "3 H's" to help identify if a problem is a bullying situation. 

What are the 3 H's?
1) Hurtthe aggressor is hurting the victim's feelings on purpose. For example, the aggressor will not stop calling the victim inappropriate names or doing gestures to hurt the victim's feelings even though they know it is upsetting.
2) Harm The aggressor is physically harming the victim's body on purpose to cause them physical pain.
3) Helpless The victim feels helpless or unable to defend themselves from the aggressor. They might feel powerless in being able to stop the bullying behavior.

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3. REGULATION - Confidentiality of Student-Disclosed Information            

 

Instruction

REGULATION 651-2

CONFIDENTIALITY OF STUDENT-DISCLOSED INFORMATION

 

 

No staff member has an unlimited right to confidentiality when dealing with students. Although staff may be of assistance to students who need an adult with whom to discuss personal concerns, staff are responsible for knowing and conforming to established guidelines of their respective professions, if any, when entering into such discussions. If a staff member would prefer not to engage in such discussion with a student, the staff member should refer the student to the school counselor, school social worker, school psychologist, or school nurse.   
 
Students have a right to know the limitations of confidentiality before they disclose information to a School Division employee in what they may believe is a confidential relationship. It is the ethical responsibility of the school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, and school nurses to inform student(s) of the limits of confidentiality in a manner that the student can understand before entering into a supportive dialogue/counseling session with the student. This informed consent sets the parameters of confidentiality and is imperative to revisit each time a school counselor, school social worker, school psychologist, or school nurse engages in dialogue with students particularly when sensitive information is apt to be addressed. Except as exempted by law, this regulation defines limitations of confidentiality and the responsibilities of staff with respect to information disclosed by students. 
 
Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) also recognizes that parents are responsible for their students and retain the right to information about them. Parents may access records which contain information disclosed by minor students. This does not include records held for the sole use of their author. Moreover, a school staff member has an obligation to notify parents or others when certain information is disclosed except as prohibited by law:  
  1. If the student is involved in illegal activity, parents and/or authorities must be notified; this includes suspected involvement or confirmed involvement in gang activity. 
     
  2. If the student is a victim of suspected child abuse or neglect, the Department of Social Services must be notified per Regulation 771-1, “Child Abuse and Child Neglect Reporting Procedures.” 
     
  3. If the student or others may be at risk of harm, the parents and/or authorities must be notified. Notification about threats to others will occur consistent with the process outlined in Regulation 777-1, “Threat Assessment Procedures.” The risk of harm requires notification when the student disclosure involves: 
    1. Threat of self-harm or evidence of self-harm;
    2. Suicidal thoughts or actions;
    3. Threat to harm others;
    4. Pregnancy;
    5. Abortion;
    6. Actual contraction or transmission of communicable disease;
    7. Alcohol or other drug abuse;
    8. Other life/health-threatening matters of similar importance or urgency;
    9. Homicide; and
    10.  Substantive threats.

 

In situations where the student discloses information that indicates he or she is at risk of harm, and the staff member is unable to determine the appropriate response, that staff member should confer with their building administrator, appropriate supervisor, or the Director of the Office of Student Services. When consultation is necessary, the identity of the student need not be revealed unless required for the welfare of the student or others. 

 
Except in the case of a health and safety emergency, confidential information should not be discussed openly in the presence of others or with those who do not have a legitimate need to know. Information disclosed by students, parents, or others in the context of their professional relationship with staff, whether identified as confidential or not, should not be used in casual conversation or in ways that are not consistent with this regulation.  
 
If the staff member determines that there is an articulable and significant threat to the health or safety of a student or other individuals, a staff member may disclose confidential information to any person whose knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals. 
 
Staff who fail to comply with this regulation are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. 
 
The Associate Superintendent for Special Education and Student Services (or designee) is responsible for implementing and monitoring this regulation. 
 
This regulation and any related policy shall be reviewed at least every five years and revised as needed.

Cross References



Coronavirus 2020 Information: 

PWCS cares deeply about students’ emotional well-being during their time away from school. If a student is in need of emotional support during this time, please feel free to send an e-mail to studentsupportservices@pwcs.edu. A school mental health or health professional will answer and offer virtual support to students to the best of their ability.

This e-mail is not to be used for emergency situations as it will not be monitored 24 hours a day. If a student is ever in an emergency situation he/she is encouraged to call 911 or utilize one of the resources listed below:

Emergency Resources:

ACTS Helpline 703.368.4141

1.800.SUICIDE (24-hour hotline) 1.800.784.2433

Crisis Text Hotline (24-hour hotline) 741741  

PWC Child Protective Services Hotline 703.792.4200

PWC Community Services Board 703.792.7800

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Additional School Resources

People Problem Solving Star
This is a school wide tool that was taught to grades K-5 in order to provide problem solving strategies for conflicts that may arise. Please continue to reinforce these strategies with your child at home each day!

 

People Problem Solving Star


Character Counts Education
At our school we focus on Character Education! We encourage all students to try their best, be responsible and do something kind for someone each day. 


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