Owensboro Public Schools lost another member of its family over the weekend, and district officials are reminding students and parents that there are grief and tragedy counseling available through the school.
Summer Bell, district mental health coordinator for OPS, said school psychologists, licensed mental health professionals and school counselors are all ready to help students cope with the recent tragedy.
“We are there to offer support to our students and staff if needed,” she said. “
She said since students are back in school they have a plan in place to meet those who want counseling at Owensboro High School. Students who are on the B schedule will be able to meet with counselors on Thursday.
Bell said the school counselors and the crisis team are able to provide referrals to outside agencies, if students are wanting additional services outside of school.
Bell said if a parent has a concern about the mental health of their child they can call the counselor to arrange a meeting. She stressed how keeping open communication was important to one well-being and mental health.
Counseling services are offered for all grade levels.
“As a district, we are putting an emphasis on mental health,” Bell said. “Hopefully, throughout the school year, each school will get a therapist to provide another layer of services.”