State law requires the provision of school counseling or guidance services in elementary grade levels (K-8).
Oregon Administrative Rules 581-021-0200 Standard Education for Oregon Students
(7) Support Services Necessary to Provide a Standard Education for Oregon Students:
- (a) Student Services:
- (A) Improving attendance;
- (B) Counseling;
- (C) Providing health services;
- (D) Treating students with speech and hearing disabilities;
- (E) Providing library, audio/video, television and computer learning.
Oregon Administrative Rules 581-022-0102 Definitions
(14) "Comprehensive school counseling program": A program that is integral to a district's total PreK through 12 educational program that is planned, proactive and preventative in design to address each student's academic, career, social/emotional development and community involvement.
Oregon Administrative Rules 581-022-2060 Comprehensive School Counseling
(1) (a) District Comprehensive School Counseling. Each school district shall provide a coordinated comprehensive school counseling program to support the academic, career, personal/social, and community involvement development of each and every student. The district shall: (b) Adopt comprehensive school counseling program goals that assist students to:
- (A) Understand and utilize the educational opportunities and alternatives available to them;
- (B) Meet academic Standard;
- (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 Counseling. Each school shall provide a comprehensive counseling program that serves students grades K through 12, based upon the Oregon Department of Education's Framework for Comprehensive School which: (a) Identifies staff responsibilities to plan, design and deliver a comprehensive school counseling program that meets the unique needs of their students and community; (b) Aligns with the district's school improvement plans; (c) Assigns counseling responsibilities to the appropriate personnel; (d) Expects all school staff to participate in implementing the comprehensive school 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) Counseling Staff Assignments. Each school district shall maintain a licensed staff and promote effective counseling and advising practices consistent with the district's expected comprehensive school counseling program outcomes. In determining staffing for the program, the following shall be considered: (a) Alignment with the American School Counselor Association and School Social Work Association recommended ratio of 1:250 students; (b) The number of aides or clerical staff assigned to support the implementation of the comprehensive school counseling program.
Oregon Revised Statutes 329.603 Coordinated comprehensive school counseling program; rules
(1) Each school district must provide a coordinated comprehensive school counseling program to support the academic, career, personal and social development of each student and to develop the sense of community involvement for each student.
(2) A coordinated comprehensive program may be designed, delivered or otherwise implemented by:
- (a) A person who is licensed by the Teacher Standard and Practices Commission as a school counselor;
- (b) A person who is licensed by the commission as a school social worker; or
- (c) Any combination of persons qualified to implement the program, as determined under rules adopted by the State Board of Education.
(3) Nothing in this section may be construed to allow a person, including but not limited to a licensed school social worker:
- (a) Who is licensed by the commission to practice outside of the scope of the person’s license; or
- (b) To practice within the scope of a license not held by that person.