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The School District of Philadelphia’s administration has decided that due to the budget deficit for the upcoming 2013-14 school year that one of the “services” that students of the district could live without would be school counselors.  Currently there is at least one school counselor in every school but next year that could all change if the district passes the current budget proposal.  The role of the school counselor has long been undefined and we have always played a “multi-purpose” role.  To that end, if school counselors are eliminated, student could be without the following services:

  • Crisis intervention for students with suicidal and homicidal ideation.
  • SAP support for grief and loss.
  • Handle homeless students and families as well as those involved in the DHS system.
  • De-escalation of students with behavior issues.
  • Meet with community partners to develop services for students.
  • Complete the FAFSA, SAT and ACT registrations.
  • Complete transcripts for college admissions and scholarships.
  • Work with truancy agencies around attendance.
  • Intervene when the nurse is unavailable.
  • Classroom guidance activities.
  • Connect families with community based counseling services.
  • Help students complete Individualized Learning Plans.
  • Provide a safe haven for students in need of support.
  • RTII behavioral intervention.

The list goes on and we will do EVERYTHING in our power to continue to fight for our right to provide those services and more! We need the City of Philadelphia and the Governor to fund our schools and save school counselors.  We need the School District of Philadelphia to understand that WE MATTER and WE ARE NEEDED! You can help us by writing a testimony, signing our petition or contacting your local and state legislators to demand funding.  Thank you for standing with us.

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