Bellingham Public Schools recognizes that guidance and counseling is an important part of the district’s total program of instruction and is integral in achieving the district’s mission of academic excellence and success for all students. The district will provide counseling and guidance services in accordance with state laws and regulations, school improvement plans, ethical standards and district policies and procedures.
The district believes school counselors and social workers serve a vital role in maximizing student achievement and supporting a safe and compassionate learning environment. The purpose and role of the school counselor is to plan, organize and deliver a comprehensive school guidance and counseling program that personalizes education and supports, promotes and enhances the academic, personal, social and career development of all students, based on the national standards for school counseling programs of the American School Counselor Association.
It is the goal of Bellingham Public Schools that the district’s comprehensive school guidance and counseling program will assist every student in acquiring the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to become an effective student, responsible citizen, productive worker and a lifelong learner.
The district will provide resources to support the foundation, content and continuous improvement of a comprehensive pre-K-12 school counseling program, consistent with best practices described in state and national models. All school counseling programs will include the following elements: guidance curriculum, individual student planning, responsive services and systems support for the counseling program. The superintendent or a designee will develop procedures to implement this policy.
RCW 28A.410.043, School counselor certification
Policy News, December 2008,Guidance and Counseling Programs