FALA at Home
This page is meant to be a resource for FALA students and families during the COVID-19 online learning.
School Counselor Support & Availability
Students can fill out this form to request an appointment with their School Counselor via Zoom video conference. School Counselors will email students back to let them know the time slot for their appointment. Appointments will be approximately 15 minutes in length.
Janine Birchard: email@example.com for students whose last names start with A-He
Melissa Burstein: firstname.lastname@example.org for students whose last names start with Hi-Z
Topics of discussion include:
Post High School Planning
Chat time/ socialize with your School Counselor
There will be open group chats throughout the semester with both of the School Counselors. High School Group Chats are every Monday at 1:00 PM. Middle School Group Chats are every Thursday at 1:00 PM. Any FALA student/staff can join the group chat. The purpose of these group chats is to provide a space for students to connect, share, and ask questions.
For access to join the Zoom group chat, look at the school calendar for the dedicated Middle & High School Group Chats, or reach out to Ms. Birchard or Ms. Burstein.
Resources for Families
WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER: “As we work to combat the spread of COVID-19, access to resources that can help support families and businesses in this time of need is critical. We’re calling on Arizonans to be informed, get engaged, and support organizations doing important work to keep our communities safe and healthy. Arizona will get through this together.” - Doug Ducey, Governor of Arizona
(Updated March 25, 2020) American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on issues related to how schools work with students on issues surrounding COVID-19 and is helping the CDC develop appropriate and effective messages on how to talk to children about coronavirus.
Internet options for low income families and individuals.
Native American students with little or no Internet at home can now access Wi-Fi hotspots on the Navajo and Hopi nations to continue their classes online.
These parking lot hotspots are open to students from any K12 and college institution and will provide internet access for any mobile device, including laptops and smartphones.
For more information, contact the Office of Native American Initiatives at 928-523-3849, or reach out to Chad Hamill, Vice President of the Office of Native American Initiatives by phone or email.
Suddenlink/Altice Advantage free internet for 60 days for households with a K-12 or college student.
Charter Communications free internet offer for 2 months (Spectrum Broadband) for households with a K-12 or college student.
Cox Communications “Connect2Compete” $9.95 Student Home Internet.
AT&T $10/month plans for low income families and unlimited data for existing customers, also the website lists a new grant fund for schools to apply for to help with their online learning resources.
Sprint and T-Mobile are allowing handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
CableOne/Sparklight unlimited data for 30 days.
For general Wellbeing/Life Skills, visit our Wellbeing/Life Skills Page.
If you or someone you care about feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or like you want to harm yourself or others call 911 or Terros Mobile Crisis: (877) 756-4090. You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor.
Specific resources to this time:
Homeschooling is not the same as crisis schooling; advice during coronavirus COVID -19 shut downs.
Parent resource: The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most: childmind.org
TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR WELLNESS! There are many small steps you can take to start seeing big changes in your life. These tools can help you become more aware and mindful of your needs, assist you in taking action, and to live your most fulfilling life!
The National Council for Behavioral Health: Resources for COVID-19
7 science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety.
AZ Department of Education list of resources for social and emotional support.
Your Teen will be available every day to provide support, expert advice, and companionship. Please, please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is a question that you have that Your Teen staff can help you answer. Most importantly, please take care of yourself. We are all feeling an even bigger burden for caring for our loved ones of all ages, but we can’t do that if we don’t look after ourselves. One way you can do that is to join Your Teen staff on Zoom at 3.00 pm ET each weekday for a Coffee Break. Just click on the link at 3.00 pm for comfort and camaraderie. https://zoom.us/j/253760016
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
The National Association for School Psychology has resources on Talking to Children About COVID-19 that can be accessed here.
35 inspiring and educational videos for kids and teens.
Mental Health First Aid Blog Posts:
Supplemental Digital Learning Resources
As part of the public media mission to ensure all kids, regardless of their capabilities, have access to continued free educational resources at home, Arizona Public Media and Arizona PBS are partnering to offer Arizonans broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to our state curriculum to provide continued at-home learning.
Home-based Learning Resources to Support Parents from Foundation for Excellence in Education.
Whether you are a learner or an educator, this new offering — launched now at a time when the world faces unique challenges that demand innovation and adaptation — provides a flexible and growing set of digital educational assets for people of all ages and at all stages of their educational, career or lifelong learning journey — wherever in the world they may be.
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Audible has a great selection of free books right now for younger kids and lots of classics.