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My child is being bullied in school, whom can I speak to about this situation?

Do school counselors provide mental health counseling?

I suspect that my neighbor’s child may be a victim of abuse, what should I do?

My child is going to be retained but he is older than his classmates.  What can I do?

My child has already been retained once, can she be retained again in elementary school?

Is the same thing true of middle school students?

Does the district have a tutor list?

My child has some special needs, whom do I speak to concerning this matter?

How can I arrange to speak to my child’s teacher?

Where do I find the graduation requirements from my student?
What is the difference between an 18-credit option diploma and a 24-credit option diploma?

 

 

My child is being bullied in school, whom can I speak to about this situation?

In any situation you may wish to make an appointment to speak to the school counselor.  Bullying is not tolerated in Broward schools; but someone at your child’s school needs to be made aware of the problem. The consequences of bullying can leave impressionable scars on children.  The district has in place a program for K-adult with nine character traits that are taught throughout the year. 

Visit some web sites such as www.teachingtolerance.org 

 

Do school counselors provide mental health counseling?

The school counselor conducts small groups that may include topics such as, building life skills, making friends, conflict management, different families, social skills, career decision making, anger management that can assist with helping students remove barriers for academic achievement.  School counselors do not provide mental health therapy.   Contact the school social worker or the District’s Family Counseling Program at 754-321-3153 for short term assistance.

 

I suspect that my neighbor’s child may be a victim of abuse, what should I do?

This is a legal matter and should be reported to the authorities immediately.  Call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.  It is not necessary to contact the school.  If school personnel believe a student may be a victim, they are under the same obligation to notify law enforcement.

 

My child is going to be retained but he is older than his classmates. What can I do?

Florida has made it very clear that schools must be committed to ensuring that students read, write and able to perform math problems at grade level.  There are NO social promotions. That is, students will not be promoted to the next level because of they are older than their peer

 

My child has already been retained once, can she be retained again?

At the elementary level your child may be retained once in K-2nd grade and once in 3rd-5th grade (or twice in 3rd-5th if not previously retained in K-2). Since Florida has made a commitment to academic achievement for all students there are some exceptions to this procedure.  ALL children MUST pass the 3rd grade reading level either by FCAT scores/NRT or some designated alternative assessment.  This information can be found on Broward Schools web site, click on school board and then school board policies. 

 

Is the same true of middle school students?

A middle school student may be retained once in grades 6-8.  Intensive reading and math is provided by the school to ensure that the student makes progress throughout the year they are repeating.

 

IF YOU WISH TO REVIEW THE PROMOTION AND RETENTION STANDARDS OF ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, PLEASE REFER TO SCHOOL BOARD POLICY 6000.1 PUPIL PROGRESSION. 

 

Does the district have a tutor list?

The district does not maintain a tutor list for safety reasons.  There are many qualified teachers and community agencies that provide tutoring.  The responsibility for hiring a tutor rests with the parent.

 

My child has special needs, whom do I speak to concerning this matter?

You are encouraged to visit with the school counselor, the social worker, the teacher and/or the administrator when you need assistance with your child who may be struggling academically or socially.  Every school staff member is concerned about the success of your child and there are many strategies they can assist your child to succeed. If you are concerned about your student’s progress, share your concerns with the teacher and/or the school counselor .

 

How can I arrange to speak with my child’s teacher?

You can request a meeting with your child’s teacher through the daily agenda, a note, a phone call to the school or teacher, or speaking to the school guidance counselor.   The school counselor could arrange to be present with you and the teacher at that meeting.

 

Most of the schools have web sites available on www.browardschools.com where you can access them under school locator, choose a level, (schools are listed alphabetically), then click on name of your child’s school. There is a separate link to their website. Many of the schools list the counselors/teachers name and a contact number.

 

Where do I find the graduation requirements from my student?
If you are a perspective student or you are looking for confirmation of the graduation requirements for 2007-2008, go to http://www.browardschools.com/info/newcomers.htm. Click on graduation requirements. If you are a parent or a student who is currently enrolled, you may view not only the requirements but progress toward those requirements on Virtual Counselor. If you do not already have a Virtual Counselor USER ID and PASSWORD, click this link below and sign up for one today! If you have difficulty signing on, call your school's registrar or guidance data specialist for assistance.
https://www.browardschools.com/virtualcounselor

What is the difference between an 18-credit option diploma and a 24-credit option diploma?
The 18-credit option is an accelerated graduation program that allows a student who meets the criteria to complete his/her high school graduation requirements in 3 years. Per Florida statute, a student and his/her parent must select the option during the 9th grade year. The requirements do differ from the 24-credit option which is the traditional 4-year program. To consider the differences and to make good choices, review the requirements for these 2 options at http://www.browardschools.com/info/newcomers.htm Talk with your school counselor who is familiar with these diploma options to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each.

 

 

 

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