Developmental Guidance Plan
The LISD Guidance Plan follows FFEA Legal (Sections 33.001, 33.005-33.006 of the Texas Education Code) to include the following:
- Requires all school counselors to assume responsibility for working with school faculty and staff, students, parents and community to plan, implement and evaluate a developmental guidance and counseling program. The guidance and counseling program shall include:
- A Guidance Curriculum to help students develop their full educational potential.
- A Responsive Services component to intervene on behalf of any student whose immediate personal concerns or problems put the student’s continued educational, career, personal or social development at risk.
- An Individual Planning system to guide a student as the student plans, monitors and manages the student’s own educational, career (including interests and career objectives), personal and social development; and
- System Support to support the efforts of teachers, staff, parents and other members of the community in promoting the educational, career, personal and social development of students.
- Participate in planning, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive developmental guidance program to serve all students and to address the special needs of students:
- Who are at risk of dropping out of school, becoming substance abusers, participating in gang activity or committing suicide;
- Who are in need of modified instructional strategies; and
- Who are gifted and talented, with emphasis on identifying and serving gifted and talented students who are economically disadvantaged.
- Consult with a student’s parent or guardian and make referrals as appropriate in consultation with the student’s parent or guardian;
- Consult with school staff, parents and other community members to help them increase the effectiveness of student education and promote student success;
- Coordinate people and the resources in the school, home and community;
- With the assistance of school staff, interpret standardized test results and other assessment data that help a student make educational and career plans; and
- Deliver classroom guidance activities or serve as a consultant to teachers conducting lessons based on the school’s guidance curriculum.
Developmental Guidance and Counseling programs are vital to the achievement of excellence in education for all students. The Texas Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program is an integral part of each school’s total educational program.
In order to achieve the goals of the Guidance and Counseling Department, LISD counselors spend time counseling with students in their offices, provide guidance services to students in classrooms, confer with staff and parents to promote the best interests of students and serve as a liaison to outside agencies.
School counselors hold a professional certificate in counseling issued by the Texas Education Agency on the recommendation of the college or university where the counselor has obtained a master’s degree in counseling or psychology. Such programs prepare counselors to work with students of all ages and grade levels.
All counseling relationships are established and operated under a professional code of ethics. LISD counselors are required by state law and their own professional code of ethics to report any form of child abuse or endangerment whether to self or others. To the extent possible under legal and ethical guidelines, LISD counselors protect the privacy rights of children and their families.
If a parent/guardian has any questions regarding the counselor or counseling services, they are asked to call the school counselor or one of the school administrators in the building the student(s) attends.