State law requires the provision of school counseling or guidance services in elementary grade levels (K-8).
Code of Maryland Regulations 13A.05.05.01 General Requirements
A. Each local school system shall provide a coordinated program of pupil services for all students which shall include but not be limited to:
- (1) School counseling;
- (2) Pupil personnel;
- (3) School psychology; and
- (4) Health services.
B. The Pupil Services Program shall focus on the health, personal, interpersonal, academic, and career development of students.
C. Each local school system shall develop and implement a plan to determine the Pupil Services Program needs of students.
D. Each local school system shall define, develop, implement, and evaluate its Pupil Services Program. The Pupil Services Program may:
- (1) Use preventive and remedial approaches to meet student needs; and
- (2) Include alternative and supplemental programs for students at risk.
E. Each local school system shall provide a Pupil Services Program Manual and a School Counseling Program Manual for the elementary and secondary schools under its jurisdiction.