Counseling Services at HMS

The Helena School District will be following a 4 Phase model for the 2020-2021 school year (Phase 0- completely remote, Phase 1- blended model of 2 days in person/3 days remote with the option for entirely remote, Phase 3- 5 days in person shortened days with the option for entirely remote, Phase 4- normal). These phases are fluid day to day.

What does this mean for school counseling services?

The Helena Middle School Counseling team will be available both in person and remote 5 days a week during the school hours of 7:35am-3:25pm. For remote students, we will be available via email and Microsoft Teams platforms.

We have included some resources below that can help to facilitate conversations with your student regarding their concerns with COVID-19.

Take care of yourself and each other during this time away from school. Remember that if you are in crisis, call 911 or report to the Emergency Room.  Other resources would be the crisis hotline: 1-800-273-8255 or the Crisis Text Line: Text MT to 741 741.

The National Standards for School Counseling Programs facilitate student development in three broad areas:

  • Academic Development
  • Career Development
  • Personal/Social Development

The purpose of a counseling program in a school setting is to promote and enhance the learning process.  The goal of the program is to enable all students to achieve success in school and to develop into contributing members of our society.

Students may self-refer to the counseling center or be referred by peers, staff, parents, and /or community agencies.  Each HMS Neighborhood is assigned a specific counselor, but the counselors are flexible regarding requests that best meet the needs of individual students.