20-21 School Counseling Updates & Announcements
Class of 2021 Service Learning Requirements Update
Due to Covid-19 restrictions and other intervening factors, Broward County Public Schools has waived the 40 Service-Learning hours required for high school graduation for the 2020/2021 school year. It is important to note that this waiver is only for the minimum basic graduation requirement, the waiver does not affect service-learning hour requirements for silver cords, Bright Future Scholarships, Cambridge diplomas and other distinctions and scholarships. Additional information can be obtained from your school BRACE advisor as well as the Florida Department of Education website at www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org and clicking on the link for Bright Futures.
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.
How can I find resources in the community?
The Community Partners Resource Guide was created as a "one-stop-shop" for resources in the community and across the county.
How Can I Get Information on Mindfulness and Social And Emotional Learning?
Information on Mindfulness and Social and Emotional Learning can be found here.
What Are We Doing to Help 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.
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?
School Counselors and BRACE Advisors are available to assist students. 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. Recorded webinars will be available once per week and posted on the Canvas course announcements.
High school students should also check out the High School College and Career Readiness Canvas page here
In addition, now is a great time to log into Naviance through your Clever dashboard. Naviance is a college and career system where students can explore colleges, careers, scholarships and work on your resume. Visit www.browardschools.com/Naviance for more information
What about my students attendance?
Regular attendance is an important leading indicator that helps predict academic success. As our school community continues the 2020/21 school year in the virtual and face-to-face settings, students are expected to attend eLearning during their scheduled class times. Student cameras are required during attendance and direct instruction, but not for the entire period.