What drives us

The Guidance and Counseling Program at Lancaster High School seeks to positively impact the lives of our students by partnering with parents, community, faculty, and staff. Our program offers comprehensive planning and counseling services addressing student academic and career goals, as well as personal and social needs. We work to give students the opportunities to acquire the educational and social competencies necessary for growth toward lifelong success and effective, responsible citizenship in a diverse and changing world.

What we believe

  • All students are valuable and deserve respect.
  • All students can be taught appropriate behaviors and can learn and grow to reach his/her full potential, if given the right environment.
  • All students learn best when they feel good about themselves and their relationships with others.
  • All students should have equal access to counseling & guidance services.
  • The school counselor is a resource and an advocate for all students, staff, parents and the community.
  • A school counseling program should be comprehensive in scope, developmental in nature, and preventative in design.
  • A school counseling program should be intentional and include academic, career and personal/social components.
  • Positive relationships between students and adults are the key to student success.

Expectations & Confidentiality

School counselors recognize their primary obligation for confidentiality is to the student but balance that obligation with an understanding of the family or guardians’ legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives (ASCA Code of Ethics, 2010, A.2.d).

The role of the school counselor in regards to confidentiality is:

  • To support the students’ right to privacy and protect confidential information received from students, the family, guardians and staff members
  • To explain the meaning and limits of confidentiality to students in developmentally appropriate terms
  • To provide appropriate disclosure and informed consent regarding the counseling relationship and confidentiality
  • To inform students and the family of the limits to confidentiality when:
    • Student poses a danger to self or others
    • Court ordered disclosure
    • Consultation with other professionals in support of the student i.e. colleagues, supervisors, treatment teams, and other support personnel
    • Privilege communication is not granted by state laws and local guidelines (e.g. school board policies)
  • To keep personal notes separate from educational records and not disclose their contents except when privacy exceptions exist
  • To seek guidance from supervisors and appropriate legal advice when their records are subpoenaed
  • To assert their belief that information shared by students is “confidential” and should not be revealed without the student’s consent
  • To adhere to all laws protecting student records, health information, and special services (i.e., HIPAA, FERPA, IDEA)

Source: https://www.schoolcounselor.org/asca/media/asca/PositionStatements/PS_Confidentiality.pdf

Main Phone: 803-283-2001 Fax: 803-286-6962 325 Woodland Dr. Lancaster, SC 29720