A Message from the Counselors...
Even though we are not meeting in the traditional school setting, your child's social and emotional well being continues to be one of our main priorities. These are difficult times for us as adults and can be very confusing and stressful for our children as well. We encourage you to continue to talk with your child about the Coronavirus and their feelings and questions around it. This challenge can provide an opportunity for good communication with your children. Be honest and reassuring. If you need some assistance with the conversation, below are some articles that can provide guidance and support.
If you feel that your child is in need of additional mental health support, please contact your child’s school counselor. We can arrange to meet with your child virtually or over the phone. If a referral is necessary, our school based therapists are accepting new clients and currently seeing several students through TeleHealth. We would be happy to put you in contact with our building’s therapist. They are typically able to begin services right away.
Please let us know if we can be of assistance to your family in any other way. If you are in need of resources, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll do our best to get you connected. We are here to support your child and your family.
Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
Coronavirus Talking Points for Parent and Teachers With the Whole Brain Child Approach
Supporting Families During COVID-19
Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis
Parenting During Coronavirus: You Are Enough
Tools & Strategies
- Coping Tools Poster
- Coping Skills for Kids Workbook by Janine Halloran, contains deep breathing techniques, mindfulness, grounding techniques, physical coping, and processing activities. It also has a section for parents.
- Mindfulness/meditation/relaxation phone apps like Headspace and Calm are offering several free resources during this time in response to the pandemic.
- For free resources from Headspace, download the app (it's free to download), then tap "explore" from the bottom menu, then tap "Weathering the storm"
- Anger Management Skills Handout
- Coping Skills for Anxiety Handout
- Stress Management Tips Handout
- Family Mindfulness Schedule Handout
Family Activity Downloads
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We want to make sure you have resources you can always contact in case you are having a mental health crisis and there isn't a caring adult you can talk with right away.
If you feel that you or a friend is in a crisis situation and/or fearful of hurting yourself or others and there isn't a caring adult you can reach right away, please contact 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 4hope to 741741. Take this time to put these as contacts in your phone. These crisis lines are operated 24/7, so please call anytime you have questions or concerns, day or night.
National Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Ohio Text Crisis Line: Text 4hope to 741741
Butler County: 844-427-4747
Counselor & Social Worker Contact Information
Ross Middle School
Lisa Jeffery Grades 5 & 6 Lisa.Jeffery@rossrams.com
Michelle Rice Grades 7 & 8 Michelle.Rice@rossrams.com
Ross High School
Angie Raby Last Names A-Kh Angie.Raby@rossrams.com
Samantha Rutowski Last Names Ki-Z Samantha.Rutowski@rossrams.com
Rachel Miller Career and Assessment Rachel.Miller@rossrams.com
District Social Worker
Jill Hede Jill.Hede@rossrams.com