Covid-19: School Counseling Updates and Announcements
When will schools reopen?
The Governor has ordered all schools to be physically closed for academic learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. All curriculum will be delivered virtually. For the latest updates on school openings and changes, go to www.browardschools.com/coronavirus
Will students earn grades 4th Quarter?
Yes. Students will continue to earn grades for 4th quarter and are encouraged to log in to Canvas and communicate with their teachers.
Is there a way to access learning resources from home?
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is committed to supporting students and families in making sure that learning never closes. When the school buildings are closed for any reason (vacation, weekends, or even unexpected closures), BCPS encourages families and caregivers to have students engage in academic activities.
To learn more about continuing education, go to www.browardschools.com/learningnevercloses
Do current seniors need to pass the FSA ELA and Algebra EOC exams to receive a high school diploma?
No. State assessment and concordant score (SAT/ACT) requirements have been waived for currently active seniors, including early graduates who are planning on graduating this year. Students only need to meet the credit and GPA requirements for graduation in June 2020.
Will there be any state FSA or EOC testing this year?
No. The Governor suspended all state FSA and EOC testing for this school year. For EOC courses (Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology, US History, or M/J Civics) a final grade will be calculated without including the EOC exam result as 30%.
What is the status of AP, AICE and IB exams?
Advanced Placement (AP) will continue to be administered in a new format. Students are still encouraged to take AP exams to try to earn college credits. Review the latest information from College Board.
Both AICE and IB exams have been canceled world-wide. Students will still earn AICE and IB credits and certificates based on classroom performance. Cambridge has released a detailed plan for how student AICE grades will be determined: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/Images/579659-awarding-grades-factsheet.pdf
All students who are in an AP, IB, or AICE class will still earn the extra quality points for final grades of “C” or above, whether the student takes the exam or not.
What are you doing to help relieve the students going through a tough time currently?
School Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists, Family and Community Engagement and other mental health related staff are working remotely to meet the needs of our school community. All school counselors will host at least three office hours daily to support students.
You can find additional resources within the BCPS Mental Health Portal by visiting: https://www.bcps-mentalhealth.com/
You can also call 754-321-HELP or visit www.browardschools.com/Page/52426 to be connected with support and resources.
Additionally, the Mindfulness in BCPS Canvas site is currently available to provide mindfulness education, support and resources to BCPS students, families, and staff, including:
- On-demand lessons, activities, recordings, and resources
- Daily schedule including live sessions and pre-recorded sessions
Click here to access the Mindfulness in BCPS Canvas site: https://browardschools.instructure.com/courses/868545
How can I talk to my child about Coronavirus?
Here are some helpful resources for talking to your children about Coronavirus:
- National Association of School Psychologists (NASP): Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
- PBS Kids: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
- Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus from NPR
- Brain Pop Video About the Coronavirus
- Child Mind Institute: Talking to kids about the Coronavirus
- Inside SEL: SEL Resources for Parents and Teachers
How can I get assistance with college/career advising while campuses are closed?
School Counselors and BRACE Advisors are still available to assist students at least three hours per day during regular office hours. Additionally, a special Canvas course is available for Seniors with important resources and weekly, recorded webinars on a variety of topics. You can access the College and Career Readiness for Seniors in the Canvas Commons or click here to register: https://browardschools.instructure.com/enroll/RTNFML. Recorded webinars will be available once per week and posted on the Canvas course announcements.
What are some things that I can do in Naviance while at home?
Now is a great time to log into Naviance and explore colleges, careers, scholarships and work on your resume. Visit www.browardschools.com/Naviance for more information
How do I send my transcripts to colleges, scholarships, etc.?
All Seniors must complete the 2019-20 Graduation Survey in Naviance and final transcripts will automatically be sent to the colleges entered in the survey. Additionally, seniors can use Naviance to request their transcript to be sent to any college, as needed.
For scholarships that accept transcripts via e-mail, contact your school counselor, BRACE Advisor, or Registrar to send an electronic copy. Hard copy transcripts can be ordered from the Records Retention Department for $3.00 at www.browardschools.com/transcripts.
School Counseling & BRACE Advisement
School counselors promote and enhance achievement with an annual comprehensive school counseling plan that ensures that every student receives school counseling services. Credentialed school counselors provide comprehensive counseling programs that incorporate prevention and intervention with continuous academic, career and personal/development activities that will prepare them for meaningful participation in a diverse, changing world. These activities include classroom guidance, small groups for skill mastery, individual counseling for students with specific needs and a variety of other proactive and innovative ways to support student performance.
School counselors implement a program based on the National Standards for School Counseling programs and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model.
They also provide resources to staff, students, families and others to ensure that a family friendly environment is established and ensure that students have access to a safe school climate necessary for academic and social/emotional growth.
The mission of the Broward County Public Schools’ school counselors is to implement a proactive school counseling program that fosters academic achievement, career awareness, personal growth and a positive self-image for all students within a safe and secure learning environment.
Programs and Services
School counselors provide a number of programs and services to help students achieve success and develop life skills in three personal competency areas.
From Pre-Kindergarten to grade 12, school counselors support teachers and parent to help students achieve competencies at each grade level. The following are examples: test-taking strategies, study skills, using a planner, getting organized and raising their GPA.
Career Development Success
School counselors utilize career development lessons and strategies to help students understand the relationship between personal qualities, education and training, and the world of work. Examples of these strategies are: career awareness and exploration, goal setting, high school graduation facts, scholarship opportunities and use of future-planning tools.
Personal and Social Emotional Success
School counselors work with staff and community to provide support for students, ensuring they are safe and healthy and promoting life skills such as education, character development, social skills, making friends, alternatives to peer pressure and managing stress.