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Letter to Parents and Students from SVHS School Counselors
Posted 3/23/20

Dear SVHS Students and Parents,


Many things may feel overwhelming at this time, but together we will get through this. While school is closed for preventative measures, we will remain available for support. Please count on us to help you through this difficult time. School counselors are professionally trained to support students and parents through moments of crisis and we hope that you reach out to us if you are having feelings of anxiety or stress. This new school format may be a source of negative feelings especially for students who already struggle with academic and mental health challenges. We will be proactive in reaching out to these students and will be in constant communication with teachers regarding their student’s academic progression and overall mood.

SVHS School Counselors - Availability and Office Hours



Counselors will be checking email during Digital School Hours: 9am - 12:30pm (Monday - Friday)

Office Hours
Email your counselor to make an individual appointment

Google Hangout: 1pm - 3pm (Monday - Friday)

“Office Visit” Google Hangout Options: Video, Audio or Text Chat


Types of Support School Counselors are offering during the School Closure


  • The Digital Learning experience: Troubleshooting and Staying on Track

  • 2020/21 Scheduling Questions and Changes

  • Summer School Referrals and Credit Recovery Programs

  • Graduation Requirements and Academic Plans

College and Career

  • College Admission Requirements: Academic and ACT/SAT testing

  • College Research 

  • Naviance 

  • Seniors: Making college decisions, understanding financial aid awards and applying for scholarships. 

  • Juniors: Virtual college research, SAT/ACT testing, and planning for senior year

Social and Emotional

  • Feelings of isolation

  • Maintaining healthy relationships with family and friends 

  • Support for anxiety, stress and depression 

  • Social media and news consumption health

We are all in this together, and we all need to work together to be flexible, understanding, and supportive of one another in light of these extremely difficult circumstances. Please make an extra effort to be kind to yourself and to others. Social isolation can be very difficult psychologically, and for your own sake and that of others it’s crucial that you find ways to reach out and stay connected to people who sustain you. SVHS will be working on ways to create a sense of community while we’re physically separated. Our priority is for you all to be well during this time and we will continue to be here for you as a resource. Please do not hesitate to make contact with us, we are looking forward to hearing from you! 




Sarah Hershey - MA, PPS (Last Names A-K)

Christie Danner - MA, PPS (Last Names L-Z)

SVHS School Counselors


Michael Leimbach, Licensed Therapist, will also be available for social/emotional support:

(831) 428-3600


Crisis Lines

Local 24-Hour Suicide Crisis Line

Toll-free: 1-877-663-5433 (ONE LIFE)

Serving Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties for over 50 years

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call 800-273-TALK (8255) Chat service and other information: Go to

Crisis Text Line

Text HELLO to 741-741 Other information: Go to

The Trevor Project

Text START to 678-678