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2140 - Guidance and Counseling




The district recognizes that guidance and counseling is an important part of the total program of instruction and should be provided in accordance with state laws and regulations, district policies and procedures, and available staff and program support.

The general goal of this program is to help students achieve the greatest personal value from their educational opportunities. Such a program should:

    1. provide staff with meaningful information which can be utilized to improve the educational services offered to individual students.
    2. provide students with planned opportunities to develop future career and educational plans.
    3. refer students with special needs to appropriate specialists and agencies.
    4. aid students in identifying options and making choices about their educational program.
    5. assist teachers and administrators in identifying the academic, social and emotional needs of students.
    6. provide for a follow-up of students who further their education and/or move into the world of work.
    7. solicit feedback from students, staff and parents/guardians for purposes of program improvement.

All staff shall encourage students to explore and develop their individual interests in career and vocational technical programs and employment opportunities without regard to sex including reasonable efforts encouraging students to consider and explore "nontraditional" occupations for men and women.

In incidents of potential self-destructive behavior the student’s parents/guardians shall be notified immediately and their cooperation shall be sought for immediate intervention. If the parent/guardian is unwilling to cooperate, the school administration shall contact appropriate agencies to request intervention on the student’s behalf. In cases of child abuse or neglect, school staff are required to contact child protective services.

The superintendent shall work with the staff, community, and appropriate agencies to develop, implement, and regularly evaluate guidance and counseling programs.

Cross References:

Board Policy


Substance Abuse Program


Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention


Confidential Communications

Legal References:



Regulating guidelines to eliminate discrimination — Scope



Supplemental program standards


Counseling and guidance -- Duty of certificated & classroom personnel - Coordination of effort

Management Information:

  Policy News, December, 1999
  Suicide prevention provisions reintroduced

First Reading: March 19, 2002

Adopted by the Board: July 16, 2002

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