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Guidance for school counselors on remote learning

On April 2, the UFT and the DOE released an FAQ addressing questions about counseling supports, group counseling, confidentiality and recording encounter attendance for remote sessions in SESIS. See the FAQ »

Working in a new environment creates uncertainty and brings heightened stress. School counselors will work with students and families by providing support around developing self-confidence in their ability to succeed, helping them demonstrate effective coping skills when faced with a problem, helping them with the ability to manage transition and adaptation to changing situations and responsibilities, and, by helping them demonstrate social maturity and behaviors appropriate to the situation and environment. Responsibilities are as follows:

  • Work with administrators and staff to develop a plan for how staff, students and families can reach them through phone, email or online platforms.
  • Contact families and students as needed.
  • Work with administrators and staff to develop appropriate protocols for students and families to follow in emergency situations.
  • Continue to support students and families by providing the necessary academic, college and career counseling and advisement.
  • Collaborate with administration and staff to determine the remote learning options available to provide consultation, as well as counseling support services based on grade level bands. School counselors also determine supports for families, teachers, administrators and other school staff.
  • Continue to monitor the social/personal development of their students and their students’ active participation in remote learning.
  • Related Service Counselors follow the Related Service Provider Responsibilities.