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Information for LMHS Students and Parents from the School Psychologist

Welcome! As a School Psychologist, I work with students, teachers, counselors, and parents to assist our students at LMHS succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. I support our students with unique learning needs, requiring special education services to make educational progress.

School Closures and Resources for COVID-19

As of March 16th 2020, NLMUSD schools will be closed to students for in-person instruction and all classes and services are being conducted via a distance learning model. Please refer to district emails and the district/school website for updated information regarding our school closures during this time.

 

During school closures, the school district will be providing educational access and resources to the greatest extent possible through distance learning opportunities. If your child has an IEP, all services will remain “stay put” for the duration of school closures or until the IEP team meets revise and update IEPs. All IEPs are written for in-person schooling, with specified service delivery for emergency conditions. All IEP meetings are currently being conducted virtually using the Zoom video conferencing platform. 

 

If you have any other questions pertaining to district policies for IEPs during these closures, please reach out via email to NLMUSD Department of Special Education.

Counseling During School Closure

For students receiving counseling service as indicated in their IEP:

  • In an effort to continue to provide access to services and offer resources during this time of distance learning, counseling services will be offered to the greatest extent possible through alternative means and will be modified to meet the needs of our students in light of the current situation.
  • Possible options available may include: telephone conferencing (e.g. GoogleVoice),video conferencing (e.g. Zoom), online check-ins, or emailing of resources. 
  • Social-emotional/coping handouts are provided in the links on this page and can be emailed upon request.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me during the period of school closures. My email is vdowning@nlmusd.org and my phone contact is (562) 786-5057 (Remote Line) or (562) 210-3355 (Office Line). My office hours are Monday through Friday, 8am – 4pm except for the week of November 23rd through 27th for Thanksgiving Break and from December 18th - January 4th for Winter Break.

Coping and Self-Care

Now more than ever, it is important to practice healthy and positive coping strategies. Your mental and emotional health is just as important as your physical health. Remember to be kind to yourself and others. It is okay to feel overwhelmed or worried and there are strategies that can help. Talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling!

 

I will be sharing resources here for healthy coping strategies, mindfulness activities, and ways to practice positive self-care during this time. Refer to additional pages to the right for resources and handouts for coping with anxiety, practicing mindfulness, and self-care activities to use and share with others. Additionally, resources will be provided for students with ASD and moderate to severe disabilities.

Crisis/Emergency Hotlines

During this time, it is normal to have some worries amidst school closures. However, it is very important to monitor your own thoughts and feelings and look out for one another. If you or someone you know makes direct or indirect comments about thoughts of extreme sadness/depression or suicide, please refer to the crisis and emergency resources below.

  • LA County Mental Health Crisis Hotline and Psychiatric Emergency Mobile Response Team: 1-800-854-7771
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Available 24/7: 1-800-273-8255
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Spanish: 1-888-628-9454
  • Teen Line: Call 1-800-852-8336 or Text TEEN to 839863 (6pm-10pm)
  • Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-843-5200
  • Crisis Text Line: Text LA to 741741
  • For emergencies or life or death situations call 9-1-1 or visit nearest Emergency Room

 

Other Mental Health Hotlines:

  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQ) – Available 24/7: 1-800-488-7386
  • Self-Injury Foundation – Available 24/7: 1-800-334-HELP (4357)
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5995 or text TalkWithUs to 66746