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LAUSD Opens Hotline To Help ‘Manage Fear, Anxiety And Other Challenges Related To COVID-19’

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Starting today, the Los Angeles Unified School District is adding another resource for the school community while campuses are closed: a hotline “students and families can call for help to manage fear, anxiety and other challenges related to COVID-19.”

The phone number is (213) 241-3840. That’s also the number for the district’s Student Health & Human Services division.

According to a district press release, “counselors and mental health professionals” will answer calls at that number from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, in both English and Spanish.

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According to a message from LAUSD board member Jackie Goldberg, the hotline will take calls during spring break, too. Spring break starts on Monday, April 6 and goes until April 10.

“EVERYONE is under stress,” Goldberg wrote. “There is NO shame in asking for help if you need it! We all need to be physically and mentally healthy and strong to get through this.”

“The absence from school creates hardship – loss of stability and friendships, loss of learning and loss of a big part of our students’ social safety net,” Superintendent Austin Beutner wrote in the press release.

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