The role of a school counselor calls for much more than printing off class schedules and handing out college brochures. Counselors serve as multifaceted resources for their students, and as mental health challenges in teens continue to rise, their role has changed from mostly providing academic guidance and post-high school planning to serving as a social and emotional support.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and students suddenly found themselves watching lectures in their bedrooms instead of on a bustling school campus, counselors had to find new ways of connecting and continuing to support students through the everchanging circumstances. 

Emma Spaeth is a staff writer for the Half Moon Bay Review covering community, arts and sports. Emma grew up in Half Moon Bay before earning a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oregon.

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