Campbell Elementary School needs a full-time School Guidance Counselor. As a School Counselor for 11 years and a Guidance Counseling Supervisor for two years, I know that meeting a student’s psychological, emotional, career, and college needs is what it’s all about. The health and safety of our children are more important than anything else we will ever discuss regarding our schools.
Currently, one half-time Counselor services close to 700 students. That is a 1400 to 1 student to counselor ratio. The American School Counselor Association recommends a ratio of 250 to 1. Metuchen School Counselors do a great job with the resources they have, but this addition is necessary, especially in today's world.
I also want to make sure that our Counselors have the best possible training through continuing education. We should look at partnerships with Rutgers University Behavioral Health to provide students with a higher level of care when needed. We should also make sure to balance the push for ever-higher academic standards with the need for self-care and stress management in an anxiety-filled world.
Additionally, we should continue using the latest technology like Naviance to properly match students with careers and colleges. Higher education and lifelong learning are important to the future success of most students. That said, we should be more aware of the needs of students who attend trade schools or apprenticeships.
A strong and comprehensive Guidance and Counseling program that is well-staffed will help ensure the safety and well-being of our students. For more information join my group at facebook.com/groups/BrianForTheBoard.