It’s hard to believe that three weeks ago we gathered for the 5th Annual San Diego School Counselor Con. It was a great day of professional learning and an opportunity to pause from our busy schedules and connect with our professional community. By the end of that week, preventive measures had been taken to stop the spread of the COVID-19, resulting in large gatherings being prohibited, travel banned, and the closure of schools. In a span of five days, a new normal had been defined for how we live, how we socialize, and how we spend our time.
In uncertain times like these, we can sit and wait for this all to pass, or we can embrace an opportunity to look at our role as educators and how we can insert ourselves in a different way. What I have learned and observed over the past three weeks is that as school counselors we have a desire to help and we feel obligated to provide answers and solutions. When our role as we know is in flux, we search for resources and support only to find ourselves overwhelmed and in information overload.
Since information about COVID-19 changes rapidly, in order to keep you updated and provide you with current details and support, I will be sending out a weekly newsletter with a focus on one new topic each week. The goal is to keep you informed without feeling overwhelmed, and keep you connected within our school counseling profession and community.
I know that many of you are on spring break, or you might be returning and are wondering what next steps to take. We all have a lot of questions and we are learning and struggling forward together. What I do know is that we will get through this and we will only grow into better leaders and school counselors through it all. Stay safe and stay healthy. We need you!
Tanya Bulette, Counseling Coordinator
San Diego County Office of Education