|Amendments to Commissioner's Regulations related to school counseling
This memo is to inform you that amendments to Commissioner's Regulations related to school counseling were adopted by the Board of Regents effective, July 1, 2017. The amended regulations impact the comprehensive developmental school counseling program beginning with the 2019-2020 school year and are available here. A guidance document is being developed to provide additional direction for school districts as they implement the new regulations. Please share this information with school counselors and other pupil personnel staff in your district and schools.
A school counselor's role is central to the success of students. School counselors support students through individual and group counseling, college and career exploration instruction, assistance in crisis situations, and referrals to school social workers, school psychologists or other professionals when specialized interventions are required for student success in school.
The New York State Education Department believes that the amended school counseling regulations will help increase opportunities for all students to be successful. It is important for students to have access to a certified or licensed school counselor in the early years to help inspire young students to strive for success and consider college and career opportunities. It is equally important to emphasize the positive effects that school social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, school nurses, health educators, teachers and parents can have on student success when they collaborate and work as a team, offering their respective professional expertise to support the "whole child."
In addition to the regulatory amendments, the department's draft Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan encourages schools and districts to adopt a "Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child" model to promote positive school climates that, in turn, improve student outcomes. School climate is the way school culture affects a child's sense of safety and acceptance, and consequently is a critical determinant of their ability to focus on the task of learning. Research shows that the whole child approach with an emphasis on social emotional learning will lead to improved outcomes for children. In fact, the quality of the school climate may be the single most predictive factor in any school's capacity to promote student achievement.
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