Guidance Counseling News

Guidance Team


Diane Lepikko 802-851-1209 dlepikko@luhs18.org

General Information

Middle School students will meet individually or in groups with their counselor to discuss guidance services, student interests, goals and course selection.

Health Services

A school nurse is available to all students Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Unless it is an emergency, students who need to go to the Health Office should first get a pass from their teachers. The procedures for dealing with student illness in school, dispensing medication, meeting immunization requirements and other information that is important for assuring student's well being are included in the Health Information Packet distributed to each student at the beginning of the school year.

Parent Conference

Parents are encouraged to make appointments for needed conferences with teachers by calling their student's counselor or teacher; (see directory for names and phone extensions). Home support and cooperation with the school are necessary parts of assuring student achievement. Parent conferences will be required for unresolved student problems or academic failure. SECTION 504 - Section 504 is a federal law to insure equal access to education for students with disabilities. Accommodations are made to assist students and a Section 504 plan is created by a team which may include classroom teacher(s), special educators, guidance counselors, and school nurse. Both type and extent of the disability determine the accommodations.; An annual meetings is held to review the Section 504 plan by a team of educators with supervision by an appointed administrator. Confidentiality of accommodations is maintained.

Special Education / 504 Compliance

It is the policy of Lamoille Union to comply with all federal and state laws concerning special education services (Policy 6.19), as guaranteed by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and subsequent Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Lamoille will be sensitive to the learning needs of all students and to the greatest extent possible, provide education services within the general classroom setting and additional academic support that may be needed. This implementation will consist of: Strict adherence to state and federal eligibility standards; Complete confidentiality for all students; Ongoing training for general educators and collaboration with special education teachers to insure compliance to accommodations for special students; Additional assistance as determined by the special education team comprised of parents, special educators, classroom teachers, and service providers.

Student Records

The records of each student are recorded in folders in the office. Federal law provides that the parent be allowed to: See the child's permanent record within 45 days of a request; Obtain copies of the records at a reasonable cost ($.10 per page); Challenge the content of those records (in a hearing) for inaccuracies, inappropriateness, or violations of the student's privacy; Enter a written response into that record; Have a record explained, have it sent to other agencies, and be notified of any transfer of records.

Note:

Students and graduates 18 years of age and older have the same rights of access as parents. Individual Educational Programs (IEP's) for students who qualify for special education services are kept within the Special Services Department. The same laws apply to these records as to other student records. Discipline records are not a part of the student's permanent record.