K – 12 School Counseling Services

Parental Notification

Caroline County Public Schools Counseling Program is designed to meet the needs of all students. Each School’s program is designed to be inclusive, preventive and developmental in nature and based on Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools. These standards are designed to complement and support the Virginia Standards of Learning and ensure that all students in grades K-12 receive support in academic, career, and personal/social development.

The School Counseling Program also includes responsive services that address students’ immediate needs and concerns. These services are delivered through prevention and intervention activities. These needs can be met through individual/small group counseling; consultation with parents, teachers and other educators; and referrals.

A student will meet with the school counselor when he/she requests counseling; parents, teachers, administrators and other school staff members refer the student; and/or the school counselor initiates contact.

Parents have the options to withdraw their child(ren) from all or any portion of the school counseling program by completing an opt-out form obtained from the school office. This request will be filed in the Student Record and staff advised of student non-participation. Opt-out requests will not transfer from school to school. Parents will need to complete an opt-out request form each time a student changes schools and at the beginning of each school year.

The opt-out provision excludes any short duration personal/social counseling which is needed to maintain order, discipline or a productive learning environment; respond to a crisis situation where there exists an immediate threat to the health and safety of the student or others; or follow-up to determine progress with a student who has previously participated in individual or group counseling.

Materials used with students in the School Counseling Program are available for parent review and comment by making arrangements with the school counselor.

For more information regarding the School Counseling Program contact your child(ren)’s individual school.

MES recognizes Suicide Prevention Month

MES recognizes September as Suicide Prevention Month

At Madison Elementary School, we would like to remind you that where there’s help, there’s hope. 

According to the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education: Depression causes problems for your child, family, school and community. But with the right treatment, you could see dramatic improvement in your child’s life in just a very short time. As a parent, you play a crucial role in the early recognition and referral of your child who may be depressed, as well as with treatment. Knowing what to look for and what to do could mean the difference between life and death for your own child or one who is close to you. (2005) 

If your child is experiencing symptoms of depression or making statements regarding self-harm, please reach out to your primary care physician, school counselor, or other community mental health professional.  You may also contact the Suicide Help Line at 1-800-273-TALK (273-8255).  This line is open for adults, teens, and children.  For more information on the signs and treatment options for depression, visit  http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/53/2016/11/Every-Parent.pdf  or http://www.preventsuicideva.org/

CCPS Fall Parent Survey

Mustang Families,

In preparation for 2nd quarter Return to Learn planning, CCPS is gathering survey data needed to determine the feasibility of a hybrid or modified full in-person return (virtual option will remain). The survey results will serve as one of many metrics used in determining our Return to Learn recommendation to the School Board on Monday, September 28.

Thank you for completing one survey per student no later than Monday, September 21. Here is the link to the survey…

CCPS Fall Parent Survey