Wayne, Monroe, Orleans and Ontario counties — When schools closed for an indefinite period of time last March, a group of counselors from Wayne, Monroe, Orleans and Ontario counties, who have been meeting once a month for years, began to meet weekly to share ideas, best practices, and challenges during the pandemic. This support and collaboration was priceless.
Last spring, students lost out on a variety of post-secondary planning events: college fairs, visits with college admission counselors, and traditional college planning events held by districts. In response to this, the aforementioned group of counselors collaborated with the Rochester Area Colleges (RAC) college admission counselors and produced three videos for students. The videos were shared with school counselors from surrounding counties to kick off the college planning process.
This fall, the group of counselors has come together again to coordinate a financial aid night for families. In collaboration with Monroe Community College, a video presentation was produced and shared with school districts. Districts are using the video for hosting virtual financial aid nights for their students and families. In Wayne County, the school districts have partnered together and are sharing the pre-recorded financial aid presentation to all families and offering a “live” Q and A session.
The work of this group has been priceless to its members. The collaboration and sharing of resources has been an extraordinary asset throughout a time where so many may feel isolated and alone. Collaboration is key to providing the best support and resources to our students, families, and school communities.