Aurora Public Schools Community,
Thank you for your patience and grace as we continue to plan for remote learning opportunities for our students. Please know that we are planning to send you a comprehensive update on Monday about remote learning, which will officially start in APS on Tuesday, March 31.
In the meantime, we want to make sure that you have information regarding the mental health supports available in our community. We understand that this can be an anxious and uncertain time for both kids and adults alike. We would like to provide you with some helpful resources if your student, you or a family member needs additional mental or emotional support.
If you or your student needs urgent counseling during the extended Spring Break, call Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-TALK (8255), or text “Talk” to 38255. This service is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
Starting March 30, families can contact their student’s school counselor, social worker, or psychologist on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To find the name and phone number for your school’s mental health providers, please visit our Mental Health supports page at aurorak12.org/mental-health. The webpage also contains other helpful resources and will be updated regularly.
Please note that if your student has an Individualized Education Program or IEP, the mental health provider at your child’s school will contact you starting on March 31 to continue services based on your student’s IEP goals. Likewise, if your student has a 504 plan due to a disability, the mental health care professional at your child’s school will work with teachers to support 504 accommodations in an online setting.
As a reminder, all APS employees have free, 24-hour access to counseling and other services through our Employee Assistance Program. Please call 1-888-324-2631 or visit hr.aurorak12.org/eap.
Below are additional online resources that may be helpful.
- World Health Organization Infographic - Helping Children Cope with Stress
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Resources for Schools and Families During COVID-19/Coronavirus
- National Association of School Psychologists Helping Kids Cope (English)
- National Association of School Psychologists Helping Kids Cope (Spanish)
Thank you again for your patience and support. We will continue to provide you with regular updates by phone, email and our website at aurorak12.org.
- Superintendent Rico Munn