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Frequently Asked Questions

What do school counselors do?

  • Work with individuals and groups

  • Help identify the needs of students

  • Encourage better interpersonal relationships

  • Promote positive attitudes and choices

  • Aid teachers and parents in helping students

  • Assist people in making use of community resources

  • Coordinate referrals to outside agencies

  • Assist students with the process of growing up

  • Coordinate efforts with other school programs

  • Provide preventative services

  • Maintain confidentiality

Why do students visit their school counselor?

Here are just a few reasons a student might want to talk to the School Counselor:​

  • “I’m getting picked on at the bus stop and I don’t know what to do about it.”

  • “My best friend isn’t talking to me and it’s making me really sad.”

  • “I want to show you what I just made in art. I’m very proud of it.”

  • “I’m new to this school, and I’m really scared.”

  • “I just want to talk to someone who won’t laugh at me.”

  • “I did a lot better on my last math test, and I’m so excited to tell someone!”

  • “Lisa, Carol and I had a problem at recess. Can you help us work it out?”

Why do parents contact the school counselor?

Here are just a few reasons a parent might want to talk to the School Counselor:​

  • “Sarah doesn’t want to go to school in the mornings.”

  • “I’m concerned because Allen keeps telling me he doesn’t have any friends.”

  • “We recently had a death in the family, and I’m not sure how to tell my child.”

  • “Kevin has difficulty going to sleep at night and often has nightmares.”

  • “My wife and I are going through a divorce and we’re not sure how to handle things with the kids.”

  • “Jason seems to get really frustrated doing his homework and nothing I say seems to help.”

ATTENDANCE IS IMPORTANT!

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine
  • Layout clothes and pack backpacks the night before
  • Find out what time school starts and make sure you have all required shots
  • Don't let you child stay home unless truly sick
  • If your child seems anxious about school, talk to the teacher, school counselors, or other parents for advice
  • Avoid vacations when school is in session

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