Please note: counselors stay with the same class of students for two consecutive years.
To be available to students, parents, and teachers during the school year.
To meet with students individually or in small groups.
To support and help strengthen the work of the teachers.
To work with other school personnel - the administrators, the nurse, the psychologists, the speech and hearing therapists.
To utilize the services of community agencies.
Counselors see students based on referrals made by students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Encourage your child to talk with his/ her counselor early. He/she may be more willing to accept help when he/she seeks it for himself/ herself. With the teacher's permission, a student may come to the counseling office at any time. The counseling slip will be given directly to the student or placed in the homeroom teacher's mailbox on the appropriate day. If the scheduled time is not convenient for the student or teacher, the student will be rescheduled.
Our emphasis at Arcola is child-centered approach; therefore the role of the school counselor is even more vital to the school operation. The counselors are in continuous contact with teachers through frequent attendance at team meetings and as a working member of each teaching team.
The counseling office will contact your child's teachers to secure materials and assignments missed during your child's absence from school. PLEASE NOTE that the absence from school must exceed a minimum of three (3) school days before that can be done. This policy, though, does not limit access to your child's textbooks and notebooks. If you know that the absence will be that length, please call the counseling office directly to make those arrangements first thing in the morning. Voice mail makes it possible to make this request during non-school hours. (610) 489-5000 Extension 30202