Bill Text: MS SB2423 | 2014 | Regular Session | Engrossed

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Bill Title: Professional school counselors; provide for assignment and responsibilities.

Status: (Passed) 2014-03-13 - Approved by Governor [SB2423 Detail]

Download: Mississippi-2014-SB2423-Engrossed.html

MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

2014 Regular Session

To: Education

By: Senator(s) Tollison

Senate Bill 2423

(As Passed the Senate)

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 37-9-79, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE FOR THE ASSIGNMENT AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELORS EMPLOYED BY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

     BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:

     SECTION 1.  Section 37-9-79, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:

     37-9-79.  (1)  Beginning with the * * * 2002‑2003 2014-2015 school year, the assignment of K-12 Professional School * * * Guidance Counselors to the particular schools within the district shall be at the discretion of the local school board with the following restrictions:

          (a)  No individual shall be employed as a professional school * * * guidance counselor without a minimum of a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling, or in an emergency situation, an appropriate certification as determined by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development; and

          (b)  Professional school * * * guidance counselors shall provide the following comprehensive counseling services:

              (i)  Academic and personal/social counseling;

              (ii) * * *  Student assessment and assessment counseling  Use multiple student data sources to help students make informed academic and career choices;

              (iii)  Career and educational counseling;

              (iv)  Individual and group counseling (large/small);

              (v)  Crisis intervention and preventive counseling;

              (vi)  Referrals to community agencies;

              (vii)  Educational consultations and collaboration with teachers, administrators, parents and community leaders;

              (viii)  Educational and career placement services;

              (ix)  Follow-up counseling services;

              (x)  Conflict resolution; and

              (xi) * * *  Other counseling duties or other duties as assigned by the school principal.  Professional school counselors must spend a minimum of eighty percent (80%) of their contractual time to the delivery of services to students as outlined by the American School Counselor Association.  Delivery of services is the direct service provided to students, parents, school staff and the community which are interaction between professional school counselors and students.  These direct services may include the delivery of the following:

                   1.  School counseling core curriculum:  This curriculum is designed to help students attain the desired competencies and to provide all students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills appropriate for their developmental level.  The school counseling core curriculum is delivered throughout the school's overall curriculum and may be presented by professional school counselors in collaboration with other professional educators and other resources.  Collaborative efforts may be implemented to enhance the services provided.

                   2.  Individual student planning:  Professional school counselors coordinate ongoing systemic activities or individual/group sessions designed to assist students in establishing personal/social goals and developing future career plans.

                   3.  Responsive services:  Responsive services are designed to meet students' immediate needs and concerns in regard to social/personal issues.  Responsive services may include counseling in individual, small-group settings, or crisis responses.

                   4.  Indirect Student Services:  Indirect services are provided on behalf of students as a result of the school counselors' interactions with others including referrals for additional assistance, consultation and collaboration with parents, teachers, other educators and community organizations.

     (2)  Professional school * * * guidance counselors shall abide by the American School Counselor Association Code of Ethics.

     (3)  The State Department of Education may adopt regulations regarding the activities of the professional school * * * guidance counselor as are not inconsistent with this section.

     SECTION 2.  This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014.


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