FFEA(LEGAL) - STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS/COUNSELING: COMPREHENSIVE GUIDANCE PROGRAM

Certified School Counselor

  1. Employing a part-time certified school counselor.
  2. Employing a part-time teacher who is also certified as a school counselor.
  3. Entering into a shared services agreement with one or more other districts to share a certified school counselor.

Note: The provision above regarding certified school counselors applies only to school districts that apply for, receive, and allocate funds under Education Code 33.002(a). The provisions below apply to all school districts.

School Counselor Duties

  1. Participate in planning, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive developmental guidance program to serve all students and to address the special needs of students who are:
    1. At risk of dropping out of school, becoming substance abusers, participating in gang activity, or committing suicide;
    2. In need of modified instructional strategies; or
    3. Gifted and talented, with emphasis on identifying and serving gifted and talented students who are educationally disadvantaged;
  2. Consult with students' parents or guardians and make referrals as appropriate in consultation with parents or guardians;
  3. Consult with school staff, parents, and other community members to help them increase the effectiveness of students' education and promote student success;
  4. Coordinate people and resources in the school, home, and community;
  5. With the assistance of school staff, interpret standardized test results and other assessment data that help a student make educational and career plans;
  6. Deliver classroom guidance activities or serve as a consultant to teachers conducting lessons based on the school's guidance curriculum; and
  7. Serve as an impartial, non-reporting resource for interpersonal conflicts and discord involving two or more students, including accusations of bullying under Education Code 37.083.

Program Design

  1. A guidance curriculum to help students develop their full educational potential, including the student's interests and career objectives.
  2. A responsive services component to intervene on behalf of any student whose immediate personal concerns or problems put the student's continued educational, career, personal, or social development at risk.
  3. An individual planning system to guide a student as the student plans, monitors, and manages the student's own educational, career, personal, and social development.
  4. System support to support the efforts of teachers, staff, parents, and other members of the community in promoting the educational, career, personal, and social development of students.

Parental Consent and Review

Higher Education Counseling

  1. The importance of postsecondary education;
  2. The advantages of earning an endorsement and a performance acknowledgment and completing the distinguished level of achievement under the foundation high school program;
  3. The disadvantages of taking courses to prepare for a high school equivalency examination relative to the benefits of taking courses leading to a high school diploma;
  4. Financial aid eligibility;
  5. Instruction on how to apply for federal financial aid;
  6. The center for financial aid information established under Education Code 61.0776;
  7. The automatic admission of certain students to general academic teaching institutions as provided by Education Code 51.803;
  8. The eligibility and academic performance requirements for the TEXAS Grant;
  9. The availability of programs in a district under which a student may earn college credit, including advanced placement programs, dual credit programs, joint high school and college credit programs, and international baccalaureate programs; and
  10. The availability of education and training vouchers and tuition and fee waivers to attend an institution of higher education as provided by Education Code 54.366 for a student who is or was previously in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Automatic Admission

Notice of Grant Programs

  1. The TEXAS Grant and the Teach for Texas Grant programs;
  2. The eligibility requirements of each program;
  3. The need for students to make informed curriculum choices to be prepared for success beyond high school; and
  4. Sources of information on higher education admissions and financial aid.

Lockhart ISD

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UPDATE 111

DATE ISSUED: 7/18/2018