Dear Parents and Guardians,
I’m thrilled to be joining the Mustangs this year as a school counselor for our students. I’m excited to continue to build a positive climate of social and emotional learning this year.
I have a therapy dog named Bella. Bella attended PCIS last year as our therapy dog. Bella is a certified therapy dog and my 4 year old pet. Bella is certified to work with children through Therapy Dogs International and meets TDI’s requirements for having a therapy dog at school. In order to obtain these certifications, Bella had to pass several temperament tests and be deemed predictable in her behavior in environments such as schools, hospitals, and libraries.
At ELHS, Bella accompanies me during classroom visits 2-3 days a week and helps build relationships during individual counseling sessions. Research has shown that Therapy Dogs help with emotional regulation and tend to create a comfortable, warm setting. Please be aware that no student is obligated to interact with Bella. Students are encouraged to wash their hands after petting Bella to avoid the spread of dander; however, under rare circumstances, students with severe allergies may need different accommodations. If your child has allergies, or you do not wish to have your child to interact with Bella for any reason, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for all you do to support your child. It’s going to be a great year!
Sharon Borst (and Bella)