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

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

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

Oregon Administrative Rules 581-022-2060 Comprehensive School Counseling

(1) (a) District Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling. Each school district shall provide a coordinated comprehensive guidance and counseling program to support the academic, career, personal/social, and community involvement development of each and every student. The district shall:

  • (b) Adopt comprehensive guidance and counseling program goals that assist students to:
    • (A) Understand and utilize the educational opportunities and alternatives available to them;
    • (B) Meet academic standards;
    • (C) Establish tentative career and educational goals;
    • (D) Create and maintain an education plan and education portfolio;
    • (E) Demonstrate the ability to utilize personal qualities, education and training, in the world of work;
    • (F) Develop decision-making skills;
    • (G) Obtain information about self;
    • (H) Accept increasing responsibility for their own actions, including the development of self-advocacy skills;
    • (I) Develop skills in interpersonal relations, including the use of affective and receptive communication;
    • (J) Utilize school and community resources.
    • (K) Demonstrate and discuss personal contributions to the larger community; and
    • (L) Know where and how to utilize personal skills in making contributions to the community.

(2) School Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling. Each school shall provide a comprehensive guidance and counseling program that serves students K through 12, based upon the Oregon Department of Education's "Framework for Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Programs for Pre-Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade" which:

  • (a) Identifies staff responsibilities to plan, design and deliver a comprehensive guidance and counseling program that meets the unique needs of their students and community;
  • (b) Aligns with the district's school improvement plans;
  • (c) Assigns guidance and counseling responsibilities to the appropriate personnel;
  • (d) Expects all school staff to participate in implementing the comprehensive guidance and counseling program;
  • (e) Assists each student to develop, and annually review, an educational plan (a formalized plan and process in which students establish their education, career and life goals, identify learning goals and connect them to activities that will help them achieve their goals) in grades 7-12. and

(3) Guidance Staff Assignments. Each school district shall maintain a licensed staff and promote effective guidance practices consistent with the district's expected comprehensive guidance and counseling program outcomes. In determining staffing for the program, the following shall be considered:

  • (a) Alignment with the American School Counselor Association recommended student to counselor ratio of 250:1;
  • (b) The number of aides or clerical staff assigned to support the implementation of the comprehensive guidance and counseling program.
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