JLD: GUIDANCE

FILE: JLD
 
Guidance is defined as helping individuals understand themselves in the light of their abilities, aptitudes,interests, attitudes, strengths and limitations. This process should assist students in the development of their potential; their decisions relating to personal, educational, and vocational matters, and also in becoming capable of mature self-guidance.
 
The school system's guidance program will be based on this definition and developed from these broad fundamental principles:
1. Individuals are different from one another in their capabilities, aptitudes, interests, needs, goals, desires and values.
2. Conditions may be improved. Equality of educational opportunity will benefit the individual and society.
3. Guidance is a continuous and developmental process. Every experience of the individual influences his/her performance in some way.
4. Guidance does not propose to program an individual's course of action but rather tries to assist him/her in arriving at his/her own satisfactory solutions.
 
Guidance services will include: educational guidance; testing programs; occupational, career, and higher education assistance and information; study aids; consultation services; and personal developmental guidance as needed. These services will be available to all students. While some of the problems of the individual may relate to behavior and consequently entail guidance on behavior, student discipline will not be a regular function of guidance personnel.
 
LEGAL REFS.:
M.G.L. 71:38A through 71:38F; 71:46G 603 CMR 26.00

Lexington Public Schools, Lexington MA
Adopted by Lexington School Committee: July 2015