I have been a school counselor for over 20 years, and a former CA school counselor of the year, and semi finalist nationally twice for school counselor of the year. We desperately need to find ways to help districts maintain their school counselors now more than ever. I worked an average of 12 hours a day during covid shut downs answering emails from students. Their anxiety is not going away ant time soon. Without support I fear their education will suffer greatly. At this point my district is maintaining all their K-8 Counselors but many districts are not. Our school kids need to come first. We need to make classroom SEL lessons mandatory as a part of the curriculum with student self assessments and counselors to provide follow-ups and data analysis. Even before covid the student mental health well being was faultering With adolescent suicide on the rise.