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2140 - Comprehensive School Counseling Program

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The South Kitsap School Board of Directors recognizes that a comprehensive school counseling program based on current national and state standards of best practice is an important part of the district’s total program of instruction and support for all students. 

The district will create a written plan to develop a comprehensive school counseling program of tiered services in accordance with state laws and regulations, school improvement plans, ethical standards, and district policies and procedures. The district will revise its plan as necessary based on relevant data. The district will also create a transition plan that supports the long-term goal of full implementation of the written plan over time. 

A school counselor is a professional educator who holds a valid school counselor certification as defined by the professional educator standards board. School counselors serve a vital role in the comprehensive school counseling program. The school counselor plans, develops, organizes, and leads delivery of a comprehensive school counseling program that focuses on the academic, career, and social-emotional needs of all students, based on the national standards for school counseling programs of the American School Counselor Association and state standards. School counselors align supports with the district’s vision, mission, and school improvement goals. In addition to school counselors, all Educational Staff Associate (ESA) staff, in collaboration, serve to support the implementation of a comprehensive, multi-tiered system of student supports.

School counselors and other ESA staff implementing the comprehensive school counseling program will spend no less than 80% of their contracted time on direct and indirect supports to students and no more than 20% of their contracted time on program planning and school support activities.

It is the goal of the South Kitsap School Board of Directors that the district’s comprehensive school 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. To that end, the district will develop and use materials, orientation programs, professional learning, and evidence-based counseling techniques that encourage participation in all available counseling and support opportunities, school programs, and courses of study, including career and vocational technical programs and employment opportunities.

The district will not deny any student the ability to participate in or benefit from its student support system based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal, whether they take place on or off school grounds or are offered as part of the district’s online or alternative learning programs.

The board will provide resources to support the foundation, content, and continuous improvement of a comprehensive K-12 school counseling program, consistent with best practices described in state and national models. As feasible within existing resources, all school counseling programs will include the following elements: classroom counseling curriculum, individual student planning, responsive services, and systems support for the counseling program. 

Cross References: 

Board Policy 2170 - Career and Technical Education

Board Policy 3112 - Social Emotional Climate

Board Policy 3123 - Withdrawal Prior To Graduation

Board Policy 3210 - Nondiscrimination    

Legal References:

RCW 28A.320.280 School counselors, social workers, and psychologists—Priorities 

RCW 28A.320.290 School counselors, social workers, and psychologists—Professional collaboration 

RCW 28A.410.043 School counselor certification 

WAC 392-190-010 Agency filings affecting this section Counseling and guidance services—Course and program enrollment. 

RCW 28A.320.600 - 620 

Management Resources:

2022 - March Issue 

2019 - July Policy Issue 

2014 - December Issue 

2008 - December Issue 

Adoption Date: August 17, 2022



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