__________School District 


INSTRUCTION                                                                                                                                             2140


Guidance and Counseling


The District recognizes that guidance and counseling are 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 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 meeting 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, for purposes of program improvement.


8.           Assist students in developing a sense of belonging and self-respect.


9.           Have information available about nicotine addiction services and referrals to tobacco cessation programs to students and staff.


All staff will encourage students to explore and develop their individual interests in career and vocational-technical programs and employment opportunities, without regard to gender, race, marital status, national origin, or handicapping conditions, including reasonable efforts in encouraging students to consider and explore “nontraditional” occupations.


Legal Reference      § 49-3-203, MCA         Educational, counseling, and training programs

                                    10.55.710, ARM           Assignment of School Counseling Staff

                                    10.55.802, ARM           Opportunity and Educational Equity


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