State law requires the provision of school counseling or guidance services in elementary grade levels (K-8).
Idaho Administrative Code 08.02.03.102 Instructional Requirements.
01. Instruction and Programs. All schools will deliver a core of instruction and advisement programs (see Section 108, Guidance Programs) for each student in elementary schools, middle schools/junior high and high schools. Effective date (4-5-00)
- 02. Standard. All students will meet Standard established locally (at a minimum, the Standard of the state) through rigorous accountability, which includes challenging examinations, demonstrations of achievement, and other appropriate tests and measures. Effective date (4-5-00)
Idaho Administrative Code 08.02.03.108 Guidance Programs (Section 33-1212 Idaho Code).
In each Idaho school, a comprehensive guidance program will be provided as an integral part of the educational program. A comprehensive guidance and counseling program includes these elements: Effective date (4-1-97)
01. Guidance. A guidance curriculum that identifies knowledge and skills to be attained by all students at various stages of their development and provides appropriate activities for their achievement. Effective date (4-5-00)
02. Individual Planning. Individualized planning with students and their parents in each of these domains: personal/social development, educational development, and career development. Effective date (4-5-00)
03. Response Services of Counseling, Consultation, and Referral. Effective date (4-5-00)
04. System Support Functions That Promote Effective Delivery of Guidance Services. Effective date (4-5-00)
Idaho Statutes 33-1212 School Counselors.
(1) In recognition of the diverse and complicated demands upon students, their families and the public school system, the legislature finds that counseling offered at Idaho public schools should be flexible and responsive. For purposes of counselor services, a counselor shall be defined as an individual who meets the requirements of an approved program of graduate study in school guidance and counseling from a college or university approved by the Idaho state board of education and who meets the requirements of rules adopted by the board, or an individual licensed as provided by chapter 32, title 54", Idaho Code, as a certified social worker and who meets the requirements of the state board of education. (2) School counselors spend most of their time in direct service to and contact with students. School counselors' duties are focused on the overall delivery of guidance, individual student planning and responsive services. A small amount of their time is devoted to indirect services called system support.
(3) The state board of education shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this section, and shall specifically provide that certified social workers meet the requirement for school counselors. A local school district may request a waiver from the state board of education of the counselor/counseling requirements, provided that data is submitted to and annually approved by the state department of education to substantiate that the intent of the board's rules in these areas is being met by an alternative program model.