School counselor update

October 6, 2021

Cotopaxi Parents,

The administration recognizes the importance of our students’ social/emotional well being and the need for a school counselor. The social pressures students face on a daily basis and the academic guidance they need make it imperative that someone is there to help them along the way. That being said, here is an update on the counselor position at Cotopaxi. 

As many of you know, the position was vacated at the end of last school year. At that time, the position was posted immediately and left open through this year. Unfortunately, no applications were received. The district made the decision to reach out to an outside firm to contract these services. Currently, we are waiting for them to place a counselor with us. They have several individuals in mind and are in the process of determining which one is the best fit for us. The services provided will include individual counseling and also providing the logistical duties of the counselor position as done in the past. This position will be a combination of in-person
and tele-conference services four days a week.

  In addition to these services, Solvista will be providing services similar to those provided last year. A case manager will be coming to the school once a week. The individual will be working with students one-on-one and classes will be offered to assist students in navigating their social environment. For more targeted counseling, group counseling, and family counseling services, the case manager will assist in the referral process to connect people to the correct supports. These services will be a combination of in-person and tele-health conferencing. Crisis services are also offered to our students and families during emergency situations. 

As stated previously, we recognize the importance of the counseling program here at Cotopaxi and it’s our desire to provide the best services possible to our students and families. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call myself or Mrs. Van Esselstine. 

Ken Eckelberry