Letter from the "Guidance and Counseling Department", titled Elementary School Parent Needs Assessment 2010-2011:
Purpose: The purpose of this needs assessment is to determine the ways in which the school's Guidance and Counseling Program can be of the most service to you and your child/children.
Then, a list:
- Providing college and career awareness.
- Providing community resources.
- Providing post-secondary options.
- Assistance for my child during a crisis situation.
- Assistance during teacher-parent conferences.
- Informational classes for parents.
- Support groups for children with specific needs (e.g. family issues, peer pressure, grief, anger, self-esteem, etc.)
- Interpreting test scores.
- Helping my child with his/her emotional, physical, intellectual, and social well-being.
- Helping my child develop study habits and testing skills.
- Helping my child deal with family-related issues.
- Helping my child deal with drug or alcohol issues.
- Helping my child develop decision-making skills.
- Other _______
From the list above, find the 3 most important statements that you feel you would like to see the counselors address with your child/children. Write the numbers of the statements below:
Instead of numbers, I wrote:
None. These things are my job as a parent. Thanks anyway.
I'm not certain whether to be glad that these things are being offered--I recall guidance counselors as being pretty much useless when I was in school--or sad that there are apparently a lot of parents out there who think the school should be in charge of helping their child develop social skills. Sigh.