Louisiana - School Counseling—secondary grade levels (9-12): Programs and Services

Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation

State law requires the provision of school counseling or guidance services in secondary grade levels (9-12).

Louisiana Revised Statues 17:3006 School Guidance counselors

Each school guidance counselor employed in a public high school shall complete an academic profile for each student in the ninth grade using LA ePortal, or any other appropriate web-based student guidance system. The profile shall include but not be limited to the student’s academic and personal goals, planning for college, exploring careers, participation in extracurricular activities, and other skills and interests. All information contained in the profile also shall be included in the student’s individual graduation plan developed pursuant to R.S. 17:183.2 and 2925. The counselor shall involve the student and the student’s parent or legal guardian in completing the student’s profile and shall meet with the student and his parent or legal guardian to review and revise the profile accordingly each year that the student is enrolled in the school.

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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