Support for students and families

Are you a Parent/Guardian that is interested in counseling services for your student?

Complete a Parent/Guardian Referral Form by clicking on your student's school below. Follow the link to the digital form.
The Elmira City School District is fortunate to have available a multitude of academic and supportive services for all students. One of the cornerstones of these services lies in the school counseling office. The school counseling department pulls together the academic, social, and emotional needs of each student, and makes sure that they are being met by the school and district in the most appropriate manner.
The Elmira City School District Comprehensive School Counseling program is based on standards and student competencies developed by the American School Counselor Association for academic, personal/social, and career development and the New York State Learning Standards. Download or view the 2023-2024 Elmira City School District Counseling Plan here.  Individual School Counseling Plans can be found by following the 'Counseling' link on each school page. 


KidTalk Team is a school-based group made up of teachers and staff that meet regularly to discuss student referrals. The team problem solves and helps navigate difficulties that students and families are having. This is part of our Social and Emotional MTSS plan.

988 Suicide Prevention Line

What is 988?

988 is the new FCC-designated three-digit number that connects people to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This service is for anyone who is:

• suicidal
• experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis
• experiencing any kind of emotional distress

988 is more than just a number. It is a direct connection to compassionate and accessible care. When you call, text, or chat 988 you are connected to trained counselors that are part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network.


Emotional Health Screenings

Through a partnership with Family Services of Chemung County and the Chemung County school districts, a free, confidential and voluntary emotional health screening will be offered to all students in the county during the coming school year.

How a child feels influences the success of their relationships at home, in school and in the community. Checking on their emotional health on an annual basis is important, just as important as having their vision and hearing screened.

Screening information will be sent home, during the school year, from your child's school. This information may also be accessed online. For parents of children in:

Pre-K - Grade 5: For a screening consent form, click here.
Grades 6 - 12: This screening may be completed by either the student or a parent. Click here for this screening consent form.
For additional information, contact Marilyn Cristofaro, Community Mental Health Program Coordinator, at Family Services of Chemung County, or call 737-2820 ext. 124.

Mailing address:

Family Services of Chemung County, Inc.
Attention: Marilyn Cristofaro
310 Pennsylvania Avenue
Elmira, NY 14904