At a recent Amador Valley School Site Council meeting, the committee discussed the wide ranging implications of the budget cuts to the campus.
As we were reviewing the dreary outlook given the cuts, the subject of counselor reductions were broached.
A recent incident was discussed in which a student came to school with suicidal tendencies. They spent 4 hours with a counselor. Various resources were called in to help mitigate this critical situation and subsequently the student was dissuaded of their impulse.
Upon discussing this with the administration, the following comments were made that I feel is critical to share with the community.
"I think an important point is that parents use the
counselors as resources for their families outside of the school or
academic reasons. Often times, a parent will call stating that their
son/daughter has mentioned they are suicidal or their son/daughter won't
get out of bed and they need our help. Frequently, the student has stated
they are suicidal at home and the parents will bring them into the school
counselor first thing in the morning for the counselor's
I just think that
often times, community members don't realize that counselors are also
supporting the social/emotional needs of our youth that have an impact on
academics but are not directly related. I think they counseling pertains specifically to
academic guidance counseling"
The community needs to be madw aware that these cuts have real human consequences beyond expense reduction. An extra counselor, potentially can mean a real difference in a students life.