JCPS adding 15 mental health counselors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jefferson County Public Schools will offer mental health counseling this year to high-risk students and their families in an effort to decrease barriers to learning and disruptions in the classroom.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1sGEDAv) reports the district has hired 15 counselors to help at different schools after principals said in a survey that a main priority is helping high-risk students.

One such counselor will be based at Wheatley Elementary School, where Principal William "B.J." Bunton said instructional time is lost when teachers are left to deal with such situations.

The counselors will help students who experience anxiety, grief and anger issues that aren't part of routine disciplinary measures.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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