Comprehensive Counseling Program
The mission of the FNSBSD Comprehensive School Counseling Program is to advocate and provide support for maximum student achievement in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social growth. School counselors work with parents, educators, and the community to provide developmentally appropriate and comprehensive services that meet the needs of all students in order for them to become productive members of an ever-changing global society.
COMPREHENSIVE COUNSELING PROGRAM CURRICULUM, Adopted June 2009
FNSBSD Counseling Standards
Student Mindsets and Behaviors
Currently, work is underway to bring our districts Comprehensive Counseling Program Handbook in line with the national framework. There have been some changes in standards over the last couple years, which included a move to student mindsets and behaviors that includes standards that can be achieved through any of the three domains (academic, career, personal/social - now social emotional). We began work on this handbook last spring, and it is still underway. You can access the PDF of the National Model's Student Mindset and Behaviors here.
Safe Children's Act
Many states, including Alaska, have passed laws with the intent of increasing the awareness of child sexual abuse and dating violence. You may have heard of this legislation under the more common name, Alaska Safe Children’s Act or Erin's and Bree’s Law.
AS 14.30.355 (Erin’s Law) in honor of Erin Merryn, who has crossed the country advocating for laws that will increase awareness of this crime against children, requires that the governing body of each school district to adopt and implement a policy, establish a training program for employees and students, and provide parental notices relating to sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention for students enrolled in grades kindergarten through twelve.
AS 14.30.356 (Bree’s Law) in honor of Breanna Moore, a 20-year old Anchorage women who tragically died as a result of dating violence and whose parents are strong advocates for healthy relationships and dating violence awareness and education, requires that the governing body of each school district shall adopt and implement a policy, establish a training program for employees and students, and provide parental notices relating to dating violence and abuse in grades seven through twelve. A training program adopted under this section must emphasize prevention and awareness.
Nationwide, 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be the victim of child sexual abuse by the age of 18. In 2015, the Alaska Office of Children’s Services investigated 1,272 reports of sexual abuse of children perpetrated by members of the immediate or extended family. In 2015, 1 in 10 high school students had been physically abused by their dating partner and 1 in 10 had been sexually abused by their dating partner. (Alaska Youth Risk Behavior Survey).
FNSBSD will provided age- appropriate lessons on sexual abuse awareness/prevention and dating violence awareness/prevention. Through this program aimed at educating and empowering students, we want to provide your student with the knowledge and skills to use if ever affected by sexual abuse or dating violence.
If you would like to invite a guest speaker to your school, please have a conversation with your school principal first.
House Bill 156 requires that any material or speakers addressing "sex education, human reproduction education, or human sexuality education" be approved by the School Board prior to use. The list of School Board approved materials and speakers can be found HERE.
If there are additional resources, websites, or speakers that you would like to use, please email Melanie Hadaway.
Parent Toolkit (Grades K-8)
The Safer, Smarter Kids Parent Toolkit is an interactive web tool designed to educate and encourage conversations between parents and children about making safer and smarter choices to protect against abuse. The tool leads families through scenarios to practice safe choices, videos to learn valuable lessons, and child and parent tips.
Safe Dates (Grades 6-12)
The Safe Dates program includes school (primary prevention) and community (secondary prevention) activities. School activities promote the primary prevention of dating violence perpetration by changing norms associated with partner violence, decreasing gender stereotyping, and improving conflict management skills.