Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

When is the counseling office open?

Counselors are available from 8am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday.

How can students or parents meet with a counselor?

During Distance Learning, students are able to schedule telecounseling sessions with Murchison counselors. Please refer to the MMS Counseling BLEND page for contact/appointment information. As always, counselors are available via email.

What is a counseling emergency?

If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance, please dial 911.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, Integral Care has a 24/7 Crisis Helpline at 512-472- HELP (4357). You can also Text TX to 741741 to connect to Crisis Text Line. Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 crisis support via text.

Additional resources are available on the MMS Counseling BLEND page.

A counseling emergency is one of the three hurts: -A student hurts him/herself -A student hurts someone else -A student is being hurt by someone else For all counseling emergencies, students should come to the counseling office immediately with a pass from their teacher.

How can parents help to support students?

Help your child set academic goals each six weeks, and make sure you see progress reports and report cards. It is recommended to check in with each of your child’s teachers at least once a semester. Teachers are teaching class, so the best method of communication is via email. Teacher emails can be found on the website. Also, provide encouragement and support, and make sure that your child understands that middle school grades are used to plan high school classes.
*Please visit our BLEND site for more resources: https://tinyurl.com/murchisoncounseling

What should students do if another student is bothering him/her?

All students are instructed to use the “Four Steps of Conflict Resolution” when they have a problem with another student. These steps include: -Ignore -Walk Away -Use an “I” message (Ex.: I don’t like it when you touch my stuff, please stop.”) -Tell an adult”

*Please refer to the Report a Bullying Complaint page to report an incident on BLEND website: https://tinyurl.com/make-a-bullying-complaint

How can I check grades online?

Go to https://www.austinisd.org/technology/parent-cloud or call the main office for more information.