Olympia Learning Center school counselors understand that this is an uncertain time with the disruption of many academic and personal/social routines. During this period of school closure, Olympia counselors remain available to answer questions and address guidance and counseling related concerns.
To connect with counselors while school is out, email is the most efficient method. Counselor contact information is posted below this message.
Counselors will help to address academic, career, or personal concerns. Please feel free to contact the counselors with any questions you may have. We understand that there is still much uncertainty regarding coursework, standardized testing, and the spring semester as a whole. We will communicate as soon as information is available.
Keicha Barnes, Department Chair - High School Focused
Sonya Brailsford - Middle School Focused
School Counselors are available via email on school days from:
9 am - 11 am and 1 pm - 2 pm, Monday - Friday
SEL and Mental Health Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak
For parents, educators, youth development professionals, childcare providers, and others are looking for ways to help young people reduce, manage, and cope with the fears, worries and anxieties that might be provoked by this health crisis and continue to develop the social and emotional skills they will need for managing and coping with future life challenges.
If Tech Support is needed, the Richland One IT staff is available to assist you from 7:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday. Please call 803-231-7436.
- How to Talk to Children about the Coronavirus, Harvard Medical School
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource, National Association of School Psychologists
- Coronavirus Public Health Emergency: Psychological Tips for Children and Adolescents’ Emotions, Department of Human Sciences, University of Verona
- Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus, NPR
- Social and Emotional Learning Supports for Children and Young Adults Around Covid-19, SEL4TX
- Coronavirus, Online Learning, Social Isolation, and Cyberbullying: How To Support Our Students, Cyberbullying Research Center
The following are online counseling-related resources students can utilize during the school absence:
ACT Registration (upcoming test dates on June 13 and July 18): www.act.org
ACT Test Practice through ACT Academy: https://academy.act.org
SAT Registration (upcoming test dates on May 2 and June 6): www.sat.org
SAT Test Practice through Khan Academy: www.satpractice.org
College and Career Research: Big Future (the College Board’s College Search): https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search
Naviance: Log in at https://clever.com (username is Student ID number; password is date of birth separated by slahes – ex. Feb 2, 2002 birthdate is 2/2/2002.
COVID-19 Information from CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Columbia-Area Mental Health: https://www.state.sc.us/dmh/camhc/
School Counseling Lessons & Other Resources
Resources for Parents
- CALM : Provides some tools to use to take care of our minds and stay grounded -- enjoy this curation of content hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time.