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2411 - School Counseling Services

A planned program of student counseling services will be an integral part of the educational program of the schools. Such a program is found in the District's Comprehensive Guidance and Accountability Plan and has as its purposes:

A. Assist students in achieving their optimum growth
B. Enable students to obtain maximum benefit from the offerings of the instructional program of the schools
C. Aid students in identifying options and making choices in career and academic planning
D. Help integrate all the students' experience so that they can better relate school activity to life outside the school
E. Help students learn to make their own decisions and solve problems independently

The program of guidance and/or counseling shall be offered to all students and shall

 A. be limited to the services of a professional guidance staff that has fully- met FLDOE certification requirements or that is enrolled in a program that will meet those requirements.
B. include the services of professional guidance personnel and other designated faculty and staff members.
C. involve appropriate members of the community.
D. be integrated with the total educational program.
E. provide means for sharing information among such appropriate staff members as may be in the best interests of the student.
F. be available equally to all students.
G. establish a referral system which utilizes all the aid the schools and community offer, guard the privacy of the student, and monitors the effectiveness of such referrals.
H. follow best practices by ensuring that school counselors are dedicating their time to providing direct and indirect counseling services to students. These services to students include: individual, small group and classroom counseling, preventive and responsive services including crisis/mental health counseling as needed, consultation and collaboration with families, teachers, administrators and community agencies, advocacy for students, referral services, and data analysis.

Revised 10/15/19

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