FARGO— Students and staff at West Fargo Public Schools will continue to receive support to help deal with the added pandemic stress.

The district started its covid support program in early November, now the program is being extended though the end of the school year.

Middle, high schoolers, and staff members can schedule a virtual therapy session with a mental health professional.

Fargo Public Schools and three other schools across North Dakota are also offering the program through the end of the school year. So far, about 30 students and staff are using the free counseling service and they are getting more referrals each day.

West Fargo's support and wellness coordinator says the program has helped students and staff who still feel uncertain about how they'll learn.

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"Staff and students specifically in schools have a unique set of challenges with the stressors that covid has placed on them, and so, really this service is supposed to be a bridge to mental health and mental wellness," said Tina Jacobs, a provider relations coordinator.

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