US Surgeon General calls for 250:1 School Counselor to Student Ratio

Saturday, January 08, 2022 8:28 AM | Vince Walsh-Rock (Administrator)

"Protecting Your Mental Health" - The U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory

Expand the school-based mental health workforce.152 This includes using federal, state, and local resources to hire and train additional staff, such as school counselors, nurses, social workers, and school psychologists, including dedicated staff to support students with disabilities. For example, a lack of school counselors makes it harder to support children experiencing mental health challenges. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recommends 1 counselor for every 250 students, compared to a national average of 1 counselor for every 424 students (with significant variation by state). The American Rescue Plan's Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds can be used for this purpose and for other strategies outlined in this document.

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