Louisiana - School Counseling—elementary grade levels (K-8): Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law requires the provision of school counseling or guidance services in elementary grade levels (K-8).

Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:3005 Elementary school guidance counselors

A. Each parish and city school board shall provide elementary school guidance counselors for all students in kindergarten through grade six in the public elementary schools in the state in accordance with guidelines as established by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Such guidelines shall require that there shall be one guidance counselor for every four hundred students.


Louisiana Administrative Code 28 CXV 1125 Comprehensive Counseling

A. School counselors shall spend the majority of their time on providing direct counseling related to students. Responsibilities of the school counselor shall not include the administration of discipline, substitute teaching or administrative clerical duties. Refer to the Louisiana State Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Model.

B. Each secondary school shall provide school counselors at a ratio of 1:450 or a major fraction thereof. Each elementary school and middle school shall provide school counselors when enrichment formula funds are provided.

C. A planned, comprehensive counseling program that is preventive and developmental in nature shall be provided in the school through an interdisciplinary approach.

    1. These services shall include, but not be limited to providing counseling, educational information, career/occupational information, personal/social information services, referral services, consultation, orientation, testing, placement, and follow-up.
    1. Individual and group counseling services shall be provided to students at all levels, as well as to teachers, administrators and parents.
    1. Individualized counseling shall be provided to students to ensure appropriate placement into and exit from the courses and course sequences that are available for curricular requirements.
    1. Immediate assistance shall be provided for students who experience problems, and long-range services shall be made available when necessary.
    1. Each school shall have in the student counseling area or library center, guidance materials to aid students in their educational, vocational, personal, social, health, and civic development. NOTE: Refer to the Louisiana State Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Model.
      Source: Louisiana Division of Administration
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