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Need to talk to someone? Although school is closed, we are still here for you if you need to talk to someone or have any questions. Click on the following link to make an appointment, fill out the form and let us know how we can help. Someone will reach out to you shortly after! Make an appointment to talk

Emotional Support for Students, Staff and Parents
There's a lot that's gone on this school year, but you don't have to go through it alone. Even though we aren't on campus there still support available for students, parents, AND staff. Whether you need to vent, you need coping strategies, suggestions or just someone to talk to, our team is here to help. Meet our support team:
  • School Social Worker - Ira Rounsaville: Supports students, parents and staff
  • School Social Worker Intern - Mayda Thornton: Supports students and parents; Spanish speaking
  • Seminar Teacher - Rachael Senen: Supports students
Click this link to request support.
Please reach out to us. We're happy to help!


Now, more than ever, practicing gratitude and optimism on, a daily basis, matters and can help improve our overall well-being. Research shows how much gratitude, optimism and hope can literally change our brain structures! Grateful people are physically healthier and sleep better (Emmons & McCollough, 2003)- who doesn’t want that! Practicing gratitude and optimism helps us stay proactive during times of stress and instills a sense of control (Dweck, 2009).


The Henry Mayo Community Education program has decided to provide some educational classes for students, staff, and parents via Zoom.


Here is the link for the next live class:

 May 19th at 1:30pm 

The What's and Why's of Exercise, Screen Time and Sleep (Teen Class)  (Zoom) LIVE

In this class we will learn the role of exercise, limiting screen time, and getting effective sleep on your mind and body.

Register in advance for this webinar:



Below are the links for the recorded 30-minute education sessions:


Topic: Fueling for Fitness: Teens Part 1 (Zoom)

Meeting Recording Registration Link:

Access Password: Fueling#1


Topic: Fueling for Fitness: Teens Part 2  (Zoom)

Meeting Recording Registration Link:

Access Password: Fueling#2


Topic: The Whys of Fruits, Veggies, Water (Teen Class)  (Zoom)

Meeting Recording Registration Link:

Access Password: !WfvwT#1


In addition, the Henry Mayo Fitness Center Lifestyle Specialist Trainers are offering free workout classes via zoom every Wednesday from 3-4 pm. HMFC Virtual Fitness Class   



Two final links for you, to the lists of all their classes for the rest of April and May including popular stress management classes, Healing Circle and Practice Mindfulness:

Covid-19, Coping & Wellness During Distance Learning

These resources have been gathered from Anxiety & Depression Insights from America, SAMHSA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
When we hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of an infectious disease, such as Covid-19, you may feel anxious and show signs of stress. These signs of stress are normal.  In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, please monitor your physical and mental health.  Know the signs of stress in yourself and your loved ones.  Know how to relieve stress and know how to get help.  Here are available resources you may access to know how to cope and manage your own mental health.  Please reach out to us via phone or email if you need anything.  We are here to support you.  
   * Mental Health and Coping During Covid-19-

 Videos and Webinars:

Addressing Coronavirus Anxiety

Additional Media Articles:


Wellness Articles: 

US Resources for Handling Anxiety around COVID-19:

Talking to Children & Youth

FREE Yoga & Meditation

At Home Exercise

FREE Fitness Apps

  • C25K- couch to 5K- yes, you can.
  • FitOn- fun variety of short fitness videos. 
  • Strava- get outside!
  • Charity Miles- need motivation? Pick your favorite charity and walk/ run for it!
  • Tone It Up- female fitness programs
  • AllTrails- find hikes and bike trails
  • The Fitness Marshall- hate working out but love dancing? Do this.
  • 7 minute workout- you have 7 minutes right?



    FREE Learning Platforms

    • Coursera- TONS of free online courses from Universities like Stanford, Duke, and  NYU on just about any topic you could wish for...
    • EdX- massive online open courseware- you can take classes from top universities!
    • Find some free books or use OverDrive to access books from our libraries to read and maybe start a virtual book club with a few friends...
    • Duolingo- you've always wanted to learn Klingon right?
    • Memrise- or maybe Norwegian?
    • Listen to a new Podcast- put the headphones in and go for a walk. Maybe turn the Charity Miles App on while you're at it. You've got time.
    • 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free- Ivy League schools are also highly selective and extremely hard to get into. But the good news is that all these universities now offer free online courses across multiple online course platforms.
    • Live Online Classes for Ages 3-18- Spark your child’s curiosity with access to 10,000 small group video chat classes—created and taught by inspiring teachers.
    • Newsela-Have you ever used? Check it out! 
    • Starting Monday, March 16, students in Pre-K through 12th grade will have the opportunity to access free, educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays; resources to expand learning and family engagement with our At-Home Learning on-air programming (For more information, click here!)
    • Scholastic offers free, online learning experiences for kids of all ages (For more information, click here!)
    • Inside Social-emotional Learning- A Library of SEL Resources for Parents, Educators and Schools A Library of SEL Resources for Parents, Educators and Schools
    • Amazing Educational Resources PAGES UPON PAGES!!
    • PBS offers free educational daytime programming designated for K-12 each through the following channels: 
      • Pre-K - 12th grade on KLCS
      • 9th - 12th grade on KCET

    Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings

    Resources for parents



    Younger learners Pre-K-8th grade:

    • MIND Research Institute is offering no cost access to a free math instructional program for students in grades K-8 (For more information, click here!)
    • Virtual Disneyland? Why not! Disneyland virtually!
    • Free access to L’il Libros worksheets for kids (For more information, click here!)
    • Khan academy
    • - 
    • educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays through the following channels:


    Arts and Culture

    Explore arts and culture worldwide!

    GoNoodle for Kids!

    Free Art Lessons

    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    San Diego Live Zoo Cams

    Storytime from Space!

    Arts & Culture National Parks

  • Utilities: - EveryoneOn is a leading nonprofit that helps advocate at the local, state and federal level for affordable internet service and is connected to hundreds of local organizations across the country that can provide on-the-ground individual support (i.e. over the phone now, in person at a later date) to people that need help signing up. There are low-cost offers for low-income folks or families with K-12 students that EveryoneOn helped create and are available year-round, not only during emergency situations. Use their offer locator to find internet offers, and refurbished computers by zip code that are available now!




    • If you are or know of a foster youth that is staying at a college dorm room that is going to be closed due to the coronavirus, please email  and they will provide or help you find housing during this transition.


    • St. Francis Center provides meal services, clothing closets, showers/bathroom services, and rental and utility assistance programs (over the phone) for homeless and low-income individuals in Los Angeles (For more information, click here!)

    Food Pantries:

    Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry

    23520 Wiley Canyon Road

    Valencia CA, 91355 

    Phone: 661.255.9078

    Hours: 3rd. Thursday 9:30 AM-11:00 AM

    Salvation Army Santa Clarita Valley Corps

    22935 Lyons Avenue

    Newhall CA, 91321

    Phone: 661.799.7486

    Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry

    25857 Singing Hills Drive

    Valencia CA, 91321

    Phone: 661.255.9078

    Hours: 1st Tuesday 9:30 AM-11:00 AM

    Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry

    24133 Railroad Avenue

    Newhall CA, 91321 

    Phone: 661.255.9078

    Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Wednesday 2:00 PM-5:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

    Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry

    18701 Flying Tiger Drive

    Santa Clarita CA, 91351 

    Phone: 661.255.9078

    Hours: 2nd Tuesday 9:30 AM-11:00 AM

    Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry

    31990 Castaic Lake Road

    Castaic CA, 91384 

    Phone: 661.255.9078

    Hours: 1st Thursday 9:30 AM-11:00 AM

    Free Lunches: 

    Wednesday (3/18) through Friday (3/20) from noon to 2:00 pm, a drive-up service for families for lunch service will be provided at the Santa Clarita Valley School Food Services Agency, 25210 Anza Drive, Santa Clarita, 91355.  One bagged/boxed lunch per child (18 years and younger) will be provided.   

    The Santa Clarita School Food Service Authority will be opening ten (10) serving locations in the Santa Clarita Valley on Monday, March 23rd.  

    • All children 18 years and younger may access free meals at these locations.
    • A grab and go sack lunch will be offered between noon and 1 PM Monday thru Friday.
    • A notice to families will go home next week to notify out families of serving locations and serving time.
    • Locations:
      • Castaic USD:  Live Oak, Northlake
      • Newhall SD:  Newhall, Peachland, Wiley Canyon, McGrath
      • Saugus USD:  Cedarcreek, Rio Vista
      • Sulphur Springs USD: Mitchell, Canyon Springs
      • Wm. S. Hart USD: Rancho Pico Jr. High, Rio Norte Jr. High, La Mesa Jr. High
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