Guidance Counselors and Student Services Coordinators work cooperatively with students on their shared caseloads. Although primary roles have been outlined below, involvement with students on an academic and social/emotional level will overlap.
Guidance Counselor: Counselors provide programming focusing on class placement, academic scheduling, college and career planning, and social/emotional needs. Examples of primary responsibilities include standardized testing (ECA-End of Course Assessment), enrolling or withdrawing students, career presentations, BBT referrals, implementation of 504 plans, Midwest Academic Talent Search, and assist with scheduling for 8th to 9th grade.
Student Services Coordinator: Student Services Coordinators work with students who may have social/emotional concerns requiring that they be monitored on a more regular basis. SSCs facilitate weekly groups (social skills, self-esteem, etc.) and the Peer Mentor and Peer Tutor Programs. Other responsibilities include attendance, free and reduced lunch, assistance to families with financial need, and the 21st Century Scholars Program.
Guidance Counselors and Student Services Coordinators share the following duties:Bullying and harassment presentations in classrooms, PARing case conferences, transitioning students from 5th to 6th grade, lunch duty, parent and student meetings, coordination of ISTEP testing, Building Based Team members (BBT), PBIS Committee, and Crisis Team.