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6164.2 Guidance Services


Northfield, New Jersey Monitored

X Mandated

Policy X Other Reasons





A guidance program shall be incorporated into the Northfield School District’s educational program to aid students in making informed and responsible decisions and in using effective decision-making processes. The guidance program shall be developed and coordinated by the Superintendent in consultation with teaching staff members he/she has identified as possessing necessary skills and abilities, to help students acquire the insights and knowledge they need to become autonomous, mature members of adult society in a democratic nation.


The Northfield Board of Education shall ensure all students have access to adequate and appropriate counseling services. When informing students about possible careers of professional or vocational opportunities, the options presented to students shall not be restricted or limited on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status. No biased or stereotyped tests or guidance or counseling materials shall be used.


The purpose of the guidance program shall be to help students in learning to make their own decisions concerning life’s many choices–personal, educational, and career/vocational.


The guidance program shall provide, as fully as possible, the information needed to make the best decisions concerning the student’s educational program. Such information shall include facts such as test scores, grades and educational history. Student records may also include anecdotes, but shall not carry judgments, opinions and other advice.


Students shall be encouraged to avail themselves of the help of the guidance department’s personnel.


Guidance services shall include establishment of a referral system that guards the privacy of the student and monitors the efficacy of such referrals, when district resources are not sufficient, as in drug or alcohol counseling.


Parents/guardians shall be notified when their child is referred to the guidance counselor.



Adopted: No Date

NJSBA Review/Update: December 2009

Readopted: October 24, 2016


Key Words


Guidance Services


Legal References: N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.2 Career development program

N.J.S.A. 18A:36-19 Student records; creation, maintenance and retention, security and access; regulations; nonliability

N.J.S.A. 18A:36-19.1 Military recruiters; access to schools and student information directories

N.J.S.A. 18A:38-36 Employment certificates to part-time students; revocation

N.J.S.A. 18A:46-5.1 Basic child study team services; provision by boards of

education and state operated programs

N.J.A.C. 6A:7-1.7 Equality in school and classroom practices

N.J.A.C. 6A:8-1.1 et seq. Standards and Assessment

See particularly:

N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.2

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-14.2 Student assistance coordinator

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-14.7 Director of school counseling services

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-14.8 School counselor

N.J.A.C. 6A:14-3.4 Evaluation

N.J.A.C. 6A:16-4.1 Adoption of policies and procedures for the intervention of student alcohol and other drug abuse

N.J.A.C. 6A:30-1.1 et seq. Evaluation of the Performance of School Districts

N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.1 et seq. Student Records

N.J.A.C. 6A:32 12.2 Guidance and counseling


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