School counselor retention was already a problem before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to mental health experts. They said it’s only gotten worse in recent years.
Nicole Cortes, Zioni Moore and Whitney Souffrant
Special to USA TODAY
On a typical school day at Miami Lakes Educational Center, kids rush to and from classes as others gather to eat in the cafeteria. Gabriella Fuster, an 18-year old senior, enters the bathroom. She walks into a stall and closes the door behind her.
Then she cries.
“I’ll hide in there for a good 10, 15 minutes,” Fuster said.