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La Canada USD |  BP  6164.2  Instruction

Guidance/Counseling Services   

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The Governing Board recognizes that a comprehensive counseling program can help promote academic achievement and serve the diverse needs of district students. Students shall be encouraged to arrange a meeting with counseling staff to discuss academic, social or personal problems and other issues that may impact student learning.

Academic and Career Counseling

The Board expects academic counseling to help students establish immediate and long-range educational plans, achieve academic standards, prepare for the high school exit examination, and complete the required curriculum in accordance with their individual needs, abilities and interests. Insofar as possible, parents/guardians shall be included when making educational plans.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6162.52 - High School Exit Examination)

Counseling staff shall help students plan for the future and become aware of their career potential. Academic planning for higher education shall include information about courses needed for admission to colleges and universities, standardized admission tests, financial aid, and scholarships.

(cf. 6010 - Goals and Objectives)

(cf. 6030 - Integrated Academic and Vocational Instruction)

(cf. 6141.5 - Advanced Placement)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

The Superintendent or designee shall establish and maintain a program of guidance, placement and follow-up for all district minors subject to compulsory continuation education. (Education Code 48431)

(cf. 6184 - Continuation Education)

The Superintendent or designee shall establish a specialized academic counseling program for students in the 10th grade.

(cf. 5125.1 - Release of Directory Information)

Personal Counseling

Counseling staff shall identify and work with students whose personal problems may prevent them from functioning up to their potential. As appropriate, students shall be informed about agencies that offer qualified professional assistance with substance abuse, physical or emotional problems, or other personal problems.

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

(cf. 5113.1 - Truancy)

(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)

(cf. 5138 - Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation)

(cf. 5141.4 - Child Abuse Reporting Procedures)

(cf. 5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior)

(cf. 5147 - Dropout Prevention)

(cf. 5149 - At-Risk Students)

(cf. 6164.5 - Student Study Teams)

Counselors shall respect student confidentiality as appropriate and shall consult with the Superintendent or designee or with the district's legal counsel whenever unsure of how to respond to a student's personal problem. Parental consultation and consent shall be obtained as appropriate.

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

(cf. 5022 - Student and Family Privacy Rights)

Crisis Counseling

The Board recognizes the need for a prompt and effective response when students are confronted with a traumatic incident. School counselors shall assist in the development of the comprehensive school safety plan, emergency and disaster preparedness plan, and other prevention and intervention practices designed to assist students before and after a crisis.

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

(cf. 3516 - Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness Plan)

In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall identify crisis counseling resources to train district staff in appropriate response techniques and/or to directly help students cope with such crises if they occur.

Early identification and intervention plans shall be developed to help identify those students who may be at risk for violence so that support may be provided before they engage in violent or disruptive behavior.

(cf. 5136 - Gangs)

(cf. 5141.52 - Suicide Prevention)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

221.5 Prohibited sex discrimination

48431 Establishing and maintaining high school guidance and placement program

48431.6 Academic progress and counseling review program

49600-49604 Educational counseling

51513 Personal beliefs

PENAL CODE

11166-11170 Reporting known or suspected cases of child abuse

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

4930-4931 Counseling

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 10

503 Military recruiter access to directory information

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

1232g Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

7908 Armed forces recruiter access to students and student recruiting information

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 34

99.1-99.67 Family Educational Rights and Privacy

Management Resources:

WEB SITES

United States Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov

CDE: http://www.cde.ca.gov

California Association of School Counselors: http://www.schoolcounselor-ca.org

American School Counseling Association: http://www.schoolcounselor.org

Policy LA CANADA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: July 15, 2003 La Canada Flintridge, California