Rhode Island - 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).

Basic Education Program 200-RICR-20-10-1.3.1 Academic Supports and Intervention

C. Personalized Learning Environment

    1. Each LEA shall ensure that schools will implement strategies for creating personalized environments to optimize learning. Each LEA shall:
      • a. Establish PK-12 protocols for communication and record sharing that will facilitate successful transition from grade to grade, school to school, district to district, and high school to postsecondary opportunities;
      • b. Establish structures by which every student is assigned a responsible adult, in addition to a school counselor (where applicable), who is knowledgeable about that student's academic, career, and social and personal goals; and
      • c. Establish protocols for the development, implementation and student-based monitoring of Individual Learning Plans.

D. Comprehensive Guidance.

    1. Each LEA shall establish and maintain a Comprehensive School Counseling Guidance (CSC) Program, including guidance and counseling services, available to all students in grades K-12. Each LEA shall ensure that the CSC Guidance program shall:
      • a. Be developed and delivered in accordance with the Rhode Island Framework for Comprehensive K-12 School Counseling Programs;
      • b. Support each student in meeting the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) standards in the academic, career, and personal and social domains;
      • c. Be a coordinated effort among the professional counseling staff and the rest of the educational community; and
      • d. Include services to be provided to students at each developmental stage and specify how the services will be provided to all students.
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