'A whole new set of needs': OPS counselor brings services to students remotely

Offering weekly virtual video lessons
Posted at 6:24 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 19:24:58-04

OMAHA, Neb. — Omaha Public Schools has been following their family 3-2 model for a few weeks with some learning in person and some still remotely. The school counselors at the district are making sure that those who don't attend in person still get the help, support and lessons they need.

"I want to be able to continue reaching all of my students whether in-person or at home and fully remote," Castelar Elementary School counselor Brooke Hagenau said.

Hagenau has been curating social and emotional weekly video lessons for remote elementary school students all across the district.

"Obviously in a pandemic there's a whole new set of needs. But one thing we know to be true is that the social, emotional needs of students need to get met in order for them to be able to be successful in other areas of their life," OPS school counseling supervisor Kathryn Hect-Weber said.

Hagenau has sent out five weeks worth of lessons and says the response has been nothing short of amazing.

"If I forget to post a video on a Monday morning before 9 AM, I'm getting e-mails from my remote students asking where their video lesson is for the week," she said.

The counselors at OPS hope the lessons can continue to be a resource for students all across the district to help them emotionally deal with all the changes they've had to go through.

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