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Connecting With Your Child’s School Counselor


Back-to-School Tips

Connecting with Your Child’s School Counselor

for a Successful School Year

1. Understand the expertise and responsibilities of your child’s
school counselor. School counselors make a measurable impact in every
student’s life, assisting with academic, career and personal/social
development.  Professional school counselors are trained in both
educating and counseling, allowing them to function as a facilitator
between parents, teachers and the student in matters concerning the
student’s goals, abilities and any areas needing improvement. School
counselors provide services not only to students in need, but to all students.

2. Meet or contact your child’s school counselor at least three times
per school year. The beginning of a school year is an excellent
opportunity to initiate contact with your child’s school counselor
and doing so can ensure your child’s positive school experience. Find
out who the counselor is and what his or her experience and
background are.  By communicating with one another at the beginning,
middle, and end of the school year, parents and counselors can have a
definite impact on a child’s success.

3. Discuss your child’s challenges and concerns with the school
counselor. As a parent, you know your child best.  However, the
school counselor can help you better understand your child as a
student.  It’s important to encourage your child’s expression of
needs, hopes and frustrations.  School counselors are trained to help
your children.

4. Learn about your child’s school and social connections from the
school counselor. When you need information or assistance, your
child’s school counselor can help you get in touch with the
appropriate school officials; learn about school policies on
behavior, attendance, and dress; know the school calendar of
important dates and stay connected with the school in many other
ways. The school counselor can also help you locate resources in the
community when you need them.

5. Work with the school counselor to identify resources and find
solutions to problems. If your child is having a problem at school,
it is important to work with your child’s school counselor to find
solutions.  Discuss resources available within and outside of the
school, and get information on how such programs can benefit your
child.  Your school counselor can be a valuable partner in your
child’s education and preparation for life beyond school.

American School Counselor Association

Hutchinson Public Schools

Hutchinson Public Schools