The Pittsylvania County School Board offers guidance and counseling
services in all elementary, middle, and high schools. The guidance
program is designed to help each student develop a realistic
self-concept, acquire knowledge of available educational and
vocational opportunities, and make informed academic decisions.
Guidance programs include academic, career, and personal/social
counseling opportunities as defined below.
assists students and their parents in acquiring knowledge about
curricula choices available to students, planning a program of study
for high school graduation, registering and interpreting scores for
academic testing, and seeking post-secondary academic opportunities.
helps students understand the concept of a career and acquire
knowledge about educational requirements and training for various
types of careers. Career counseling includes information about job
availability, salary scales, and employment opportunities as related
to geographical regions. Students will understand how the 21st
century workplace requires lifelong learning, flexibility, and the
continuous acquisition of new skills. Career counseling enables
students to choose a postsecondary career pathway based on job
outlook, personal interests, and academic strengths.
assists students in developing an understanding of themselves,
developing an understanding of others’ rights and needs, developing
conflict resolution skills, acquiring self-respect, and learning how
to be considerate of others. Personal/social counseling may be
provided in individual meetings with students or in groups which
focus on the specific concerns of the participant(s).
Personal/social counseling prepares students to become productive,
School counselors do not provide extensive or on-going
personal/social counseling services. Referrals to outside agencies
will be made when extensive personal/social counseling is deemed
appropriate. School counseling does not involve hypnosis or other
psychotherapeutic techniques that are normally employed in medical
or clinical settings as a means of focusing on mental illness or
It shall be the policy of the Pittsylvania County School Board that
parents will notify the school division in writing if the student is
not to participate in the personal/social counseling program (IJ-PC).
However, the student will not be allowed to opt-out of
personal/social counseling which is needed to maintain order,
discipline, or a productive learning environment.
Notification involves completing an Opt-Out statement and returning
it to the school’s main office or guidance department office. It is
highly recommended, but not required, that parents contact a school
counselor or principal prior to making a decision about opting out
of personal/social counseling services. Counselors will maintain a
confidential list of students who opt-out of personal/social