There are two ways this can be done:
1. If the need is not urgent, you can give Ms. Scott a call at 828-428-2326 and tell her you would like your child to see the therapist. Then she would gather some information from you, send it to Support Inc. and they wil call you with an appointment. Most students get in 2-3 weeks but this process can take up to 5 weeks before your child is seen.
2. If your child is in need of therapy immediately, you can call the Support line directly at 704-865-3525. When talking directly to Support Inc. they can get you in sooner. Normally with in 1-3 weeks. If you contact them directly it is still important to notify Ms. Scott because she cannot share information with Support Inc. until school documentation is signed. Parents can come to the school to sign or it can be sent home with the student.
This is very convienent for parents who work late hours or have limited transportation as all of the counseling will be done in school. Also this is away the students who struggle with mental health issues can get additional support from a professional.
The Support therapist and Ms. Scott work very closely together to be sure that your student isn't taken out of classes that they are struggling in. We are very strategic about which classes we take the students out of.
Also when a child is struggling with mental health issues he/she is likely to not be able to do well academically until those mental health needs are met. So if the child's mental health struggles are causing academic struggles, them not being in the class will not impact their grade negatively. In fact, with teachers giving them extra time to make up their work for being absent, it may even be beneficial.