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Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource


During the period in which Highland schools are closed, students who typically receive mental health services in school will be unable to meet with mental health staff. Therefore, district mental health staff would like to make families aware of the following community-based mental health resources:

  • Astor Services operates counseling centers throughout the Hudson Valley. Locations and contact information can be found at: or by calling 845-471-6004
  • Family of Woodstock 24-hour crisis hotline: 845-338-2370
  • org: Text and chat hotline: 845-679-2485
  • Ulster County Mobile Mental Health: 1-844-277-4820
  • Crisis Text Line: 24/7 text 741-741 for help and support
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Dutchess County Stabilization Center- 230 North Road, Poughkeepsie: call or text (845) 485-9700

 In addition, there are several free or low-cost apps that can be utilized to help children and adults cope with stress and anxiety. These apps include Mindshift and Calm. Also, the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Association of School Nurses have released guidance on how to talk to children about COVID-19. Those resources are available on the Highland CSD website, or at

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Hable con sus hijos sobre el COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Finally, the following Highland CSD mental health professionals will be available for consultation via email:
Emily Bacher, School Psychologist
Lisa Neer, School Psychologist
Michael Paff, School Psychologist
Danielle Garcia, School Mental Health Counselor
Mike Diago, School Social Worker
Dawn Palmer, School Social Worker
Heather Bragg, School Counselor
Kristin Candia, School Counselor
Nancy Jensen, School Counselor
Conor Kenny, School Counselor
Kelly Nelson, School Counselor