As we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we want to make certain you and your student know we are here and remain committed to supporting our students. While our students are in a remote learning environment, we are available to meet virtually in a 1:1 environment through Google Meet (video) or phone.
To set up a meeting, call, email or click on the link below
Last names A-L
512-943-5150, extension 7713
Last names M-Z
512-943-5150, extension 7712
We are able to visit with your student in a virtual 1:1 setting to talk about academic or career planning without needing your consent. Should the topic be of a personal/social nature, we do need your consent prior to meeting 1:1 in a virtual setting with your student.
You can find a copy of this consent at this link (Eng) / Spanish form. We don’t want this form to be a barrier to meeting with your student. With that in mind, there are multiple ways for you to share your consent with us using this document.
As an additional resource to you and your student, GISD has partnered with Care Solace. Should your student or your immediate family members be in need of community-based mental health supports, consider contacting Care Solace. Should you choose this option, a Care Solace team member will support you by listening to your specific needs and understanding any specific obstacles that your family may have when seeking support. With this information in hand, the representative will search for vetted mental health professionals within our community that fit your needs. This service includes calling these community-based supports to confirm that availability exists. In the end, the Care Solace team member will call you back with all the information and options that exist for you and your immediate family. This service is available 24/7 in multiple languages. Care Solace can be reached:
- By phone: 1-888-515-0595
- By Video: www.caresolace.com/gisdfamilies (click the “Talk to Us” tab)
- By Email: email@example.com (include your name, contact information, preferred language, a good time for a team member to respond)
As always, in the event of a medical or mental health emergency, please do not email your school counselor or call Care Solace. Instead, contact the following sources immediately:
- Crisis Text Line: text "home" to 741-741
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
- Williamson County Mobile Outreach Team (MOT): (512) 864-8277
- 911 or visit your nearest hospital emergency room if you can get there safely
- For a list of local community resources, please see the GISD community resource guide or visit www.auntbertha.com .
TEXAS SCHOOL COUNSELING SERVICES:
According to Section 33 of the Texas Education Code, it is a school counselor’s responsibility to help each student develop their academic, career, personal, and social abilities through a comprehensive developmental guidance program. A school counselor works as a team with staff, parents, and the community to create a successful atmosphere for students.
A school counselor plans, organizes, implements, and evaluates a comprehensive developmental guidance program that promotes the educational, career, personal, and social development of students. The comprehensive developmental guidance program should include the following 4 components: guidance curriculum, responsive services, individual planning system, and system support.
Guidance Curriculum is taught through classroom instruction by the school counselor as a preventative or remedial measure that focuses on the developmental needs of students. School counselors use the American School Counselor Association National Model and Texas Model to adapt their program to their school’s needs. Both of these models provide competencies and desired learning outcomes that play a key role in accountability. Examples of guidance units may include academic support (test-taking skills for instance), goal setting, career awareness, peer relationships, communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, diversity awareness, etc.
Responsive Services includes meeting with individual or small groups of students to counsel. Small group counseling services are available through teacher referral, parent referral, staff referral or self referral by any student. Short term individual counseling is available as needed. Counselors might also consult with parents, staff, or educators, refer students to other school support services or community resources, and provide intervention or advocacy at a systemic level.
An Individual Planning System helps students plan, monitor, and manage the decisions needed to be made throughout their educational career to establish goals and develop future plans. It educates students on understanding themselves and their strengths and weaknesses.
System Support involves supporting the staff, parents, and members of the community in the context of the program’s goals. This includes consulting and coordinating to help increase the effectiveness of the program and promote student success. It may also involve professional development.