School Counseling Program
School counselors are available in all CCPS schools. The CCPS School Counseling program is fully aligned with Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Guidelines and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Framework. Services vary according to grade level.
In the CCPS School Counseling Program, we believe:
- All students have dignity and worth.
- All students can be academically successful and contribute positively to their community.
- All students deserve a school counseling program that recognizes their potential and opportunities.
- School counselors will advocate for all students.
- School counselors will collaborate with families, stakeholders, and community partners to meet student needs.
- School counselors will support all students in the their academic, career, and social/emotional needs.
School counselors support the academic, career, and social-emotional development of all students by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that recognizes individual students, and their needs so that each student can contribute positively to their community.
The mission of the Caroline County Public Schools school counseling program is to motivate and challenge all students to attain educational excellence while preparing for their future as positive members of their community.
CCPS is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and respectful educational environment where the worth and dignity of individuals are valued and their safety and rights are protected. Behaviors that compromise this environment, interfere with school operations, or are otherwise contrary to the basic mission of our public schools will not be tolerated.
The school system takes a proactive approach to educating students and staff on what bullying is, what it looks like, and what should be done if it is suspected. Bullying, harassment, or intimidation exists when there is a sufficiently severe action or persistent, pervasive pattern of actions or statements, directed at an identifiable individual or group.
Students who believe that they have been subject to bullying, harassment, or intimidation or who have knowledge of employees or students who may be engaging in bullying, harassment, or intimidation should immediately report the problem to a teacher, counselor, or school administrator.
We encourage that all cases of bullying and harassment be reporting by using the forms found below. All investigations must be conducted by school administration in a timely matter.
CCPS has several comprehensive programs that support bullying prevention. Character Education programs exist at each of our 10 schools, and exist to reinforce positive character traits and good decisions, such as demonstrating fairness and respect to all individuals.
All of our schools are Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Schools which emphasize and reward good choices. All ten (10) of our schools have earned a GOLD designation, the highest honor given by PBIS.
We also have Restorative Practices at several schools that focuses on respectful conflict resolution.
504 Parent/Student Rights
Identification, Evaluation and Placement
(Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)
The following is a description of the rights granted by federal law to students with 504 disabilities. The intent of the law is to keep you fully informed concerning decisions about your child and to inform you of your rights if you disagree with any of these decisions.
You have the right to:
- Have your child take part in, and receive benefits from, public education programs without discrimination because of his/her disability.
- Have the school district advise you of your rights under federal law.
- Receive notice with respect to identification, evaluation, or placement of your child.
- Have your child receive a free appropriate public education. This includes the right to be educated with non-disabled students to the maximum extent appropriate. It also includes the right to have the school district make reasonable accommodations to allow your child an equal opportunity to participate in school and school-related activities.
- Have your child educated in facilities and receive services comparable to those provided non-disabled students.
- Have your child receive an individualized evaluation and receive specialized education services if s/he is found to be eligible under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
- Have evaluation, educational and placement decisions made based upon a variety of information sources, and by persons who know the student, the evaluation data, and placement options.
- Have transportation provided to and from an alternative placement setting, determined by the school district, at no greater cost to you than would be incurred if the student were placed in a program operated by the district.
- Have your child be given an equal opportunity to participate in non-academic and extracurricular activities offered by the district.
- Examine all relevant records relating to decisions regarding your child's identification, evaluation, educational program, and placement, and obtain copies of educational records at a reasonable cost, unless the fee would effectively deny you access to the records.
- Receive a response from the school district to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of your child's records.
- Request amendment of your child's educational records if there is reasonable cause to believe that they are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of your child. If the school district refuses this request for amendment, it shall notify you within a reasonable time, and advise you of the right to a hearing.
- File a local grievance.
- Request mediation or an impartial due process hearing related to decisions or actions regarding your child's identification, evaluation, education program or placement. You and the student may take part in the hearing and have an attorney represent you at your own expense. The impartial Hearing Officer will be selected by the district. Hearing requests must be made in writing to the Supervisor of Special Education. This is the person in the district who is responsible for assuring the Caroline County Public Schools comply with Section 504 requirements.
Director of Student Services
410.479.3253 x1111 | [email protected]
Supervisor of Pupil Services
410.479.3253 x1148 | [email protected]
Supervisor of Alternate Programs
410.479.0100 | [email protected]
Pupil Personnel Worker
410.479.3253 x1113 | [email protected]
Pupil Personnel Worker
410.479.3253 x1150 | [email protected]
Pupil Services Secretary
410.479.3253 x1145 | [email protected]