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Petaluma City Schools |  BP  6164.2  Instruction

Guidance/Counseling Services   

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The Board of Education recognizes that a comprehensive counseling program can help promote academic achievement and serve the diverse needs of district students. Counseling staff shall be available to meet with students to discuss academic, social or personal difficulties, as well as other issues that may impact student learning.

Academic and Career Counseling

The district's academic counseling shall 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 all 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 students subject to compulsory continuation education.

(cf. 6184 - Continuation Education)

Colleges and prospective employers, including military services representatives, shall have access to students for recruiting purposes.

(cf. 5125.1 - Release of Directory Information)

Supplemental School Counseling Program for Students in Grades 7-12

The Board has adopted the Supplemental School Counseling Program in order to provide supplemental counseling services to all students in grades 7-12 delivered by personnel who hold a valid pupil personnel services credential. In accordance with law and as specified in administrative regulation, the district's program shall provide for an individualized review of student records, an opportunity for a counselor to meet with students to discuss educational and vocational options, and specialized counseling services for students identified as at risk of not passing the high school exit examination.

(cf. 6162.52 - High School Exit Examination)

(cf. 6179 - Supplemental Instruction)

Personal Counseling

Counseling staff also shall identify and work with students whose personal problems may prevent them from reaching 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. 5145.1 - Privacy)

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.

The Superintendent or designee shall identify crisis-counseling resources, which may be called upon either to train district staff in appropriate response techniques or to directly help students cope with such tragedies when they occur.

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

(cf. 3516 - Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness Plan)

(cf. 5136 - Gangs)

(cf. 5141.52 - Suicide Prevention)

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:


221.5 Prohibited sex discrimination

41505-41508 Pupil Retention Block Grant

48431 Establishing and maintaining high school guidance and placement program

49600-49604 Educational counseling

51250 School age military dependents

51513 Personal beliefs

52378-52380 Supplemental School Counseling Program


48431.6 Tenth grade counseling program


11166-11170 Reporting known or suspected cases of child abuse


4930-4931 Counseling


503 Military recruiter access to directory information


1232g Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

7908 Armed forces recruiter access to students and student recruiting information


99.1-99.67 Family educational rights and privacy

Management Resources:


American School Counseling Association:

California Association of School Counselors:

California Department of Education:

U.S. Department of Education, Access to military recruiters:


adopted: June 25, 2002 Petaluma, California

revised: December 12, 2006