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Sausalito Marin City SD |  BP  6164.2  Instruction

Guidance/Counseling Services   

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Cautionary Notice: As added and amended by SBX3 4 (Ch. 12, Third Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009) and ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), Education Code 42605 grants district flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs. The Sausalito Marin City School District has accepted this flexibility and thus is deemed in compliance with the statutory or regulatory program and funding requirements for these programs for the 2008-2009 through 2012-2013 fiscal years. As a result, the district may temporarily suspend certain provisions of the following policy or regulation that reflect these requirements. For further information, please contact the Superintendent or designee.

The Board of Trustees desires that the district's counseling program promote academic achievement, serve the diverse needs of district students and, to the extent possible, focus on prevention and early intervention. Students shall be encouraged to arrange a meeting with counseling staff whenever they desire to discuss academic, social or personal problems.

Academic Counseling

The Board expects academic counseling to help students establish immediate and long-range educational plans, make progress towards achieving proficiency standards, 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)

Counseling staff shall help students to 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)

The Principal/lead director and counselor(s) shall establish a specialized academic counseling program for students K-5 and 6-8 and shall present this program to the Board for adoption.

The Principal/lead director or designee shall establish and maintain a program of guidance, placement and follow-up for all district minors subject to compulsory continuation education.

(cf. 6184 - Continuation Education)

Personal Counseling

Counseling staff also 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 chemical dependency, physical or emotional problems, or other personal problems.

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)

(cf. 5141.4 - Child Abuse Reporting Procedures)

(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 Principal/lead director and case review manager 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. 5145.1 - Privacy)

Crisis Counseling

The Board recognizes the need for a prompt and effective response when students are confronted with a traumatic incident. The Principal/lead director or case manager 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)

Teacher-Based Advisory Program

The Board recognizes that a supportive ongoing relationship with a caring adult can provide a student with valuable advice and security. The Board therefore desires to establish a teacher-based advisory program in which teachers advise students in such areas as character development, conflict resolution and self-esteem. The Board expects this program to enhance student-teacher relationships and give students positive adult role models. The Principal/lead director/counselor(s) shall design this program and submit it to the Board for adoption.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

221.5 Prohibited sex discrimination

37254 Supplemental instruction based on failure to pass exit exam by end of grade 12

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

REPEALED EDUCATION CODE FOR CATEGORICAL PROGRAMS

48431.6 Tenth grade counseling program

PENAL CODE

11166-11170 Reporting known or suspected cases of child abuse

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

4930-4931 Counseling

UNITED STATES CODE, 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

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

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

California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov

U.S. Department of Education, access to military recruiters: http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/hottopics/ht10-09-02.html

Policy SAUSALITO MARIN CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: February 11, 2010 Sausalito, California