Helping Kids Cope – School Counselors Keep In Touch During The Coronavirus Pandemic


On this West Virginia Morning, Gov. Jim Justice announced schools will be closed for the rest of the academic year. But being out of the classroom comes with its own set of challenges. We also bring you a story about an initiative in West Virginia to 3D print face masks for frontline workers.

As the coronavirus continues to spread in West Virginia, the need for personal protective equipment has increased as well. But as Liz McCormick reports, more than two dozen organizations across West Virginia are working to provide this critical equipment to frontline workers.

In the past week, Kay Dartt’s efforts at Shepherd University to 3D print N95 masks has evolved. A recent design made at the school exceeded “the standards of an N95 mask,” according to Maj. Gen. Jim Hoyer in a recent press conference.

Shepherd is no longer 3D printing N95 masks but is instead now casting them based on that design. The school is also providing training to members of the West Virginia National Guard so they can produce their own.

This week on West Virginia Morning we’re featuring stories about kids and how the state’s youngest residents are faring during this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. We asked to hear from you, and in this episode, we’re featuring the voices of Morgantown residents Blaire Malkin and her son Arlo who is 8.

Kids being out of school doesn’t just pose problems for their education. For many, school is also where they get healthcare, including mental health support from school counselors. Shanna Casto is a school counselor at Sissonville High School in Kanawha County. In this audio postcard she talks about how they are trying to keep up with students and make sure they are coping.                         

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