Guidance and counseling programs are provided by the school district in order to support students' academic and social development by helping students address problems that interfere with learning and the classroom environment and to assist students with academic career and college planning. Counseling may be provided on an individual basis or in small or large groups. School counselors may refer students who have needs that go beyond the purpose of the counseling program to community resources.
Each school is directed to develop a counseling program with the objective of improving student performance and well-being that will meet the needs of the student population at that school. Students may seek counseling or be referred by staff or parents. All schools must follow the Parental Involvement Policy (Policy 1310/4002) in regard to parental notification/permission for counseling programs.
The counseling program should operate in collaboration with teacher and other support staff involved in educating students, including those who assist children with special needs or students who are at risk. All counselors will make special efforts to invite all parents to attend information sessions for course selection, proficiency standards, diploma options, and planning courses of study for middle and high school students.
School counselors are expected to apply their professional training in schools in order to support student success. Through comprehensive school counseling programs of developmental, preventative, remedial, and responsive services, school counselors address academic development, career development and personal/social development of students.