HB2623: Public schools; counseling services, parental rights.


HOUSE BILL NO. 2623
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the House Committee on Education
on January 28, 2019)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Delegate Ransone)
A BILL to direct the Board of Education to develop a model policy for the provision of counseling services in public schools.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. The Board of Education shall develop a model policy for the provision of counseling services in public schools. Such model policy shall include provisions for parental consent, written parental notification, parental involvement, as appropriate, confidentiality, procedures by which a parent may limit or prohibit his child's participation, appropriate exceptions such as imminent need, health, or safety or maintaining order in the school, and other necessary provisions as determined by the Board. In developing such model policy, the Board shall seek to balance the needs of students with the rights of parents.

HOUSE BILL NO. 2623

Offered January 10, 2019
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 22.1-273.3, relating to public schools; counseling services; parental rights.
Patron-- Ransone

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 22.1-273.3 as follows:

§ 22.1-273.3. Counseling services; parental rights.

A. No student shall be required to receive personal or social counseling services without written parental consent.

B. The parent of a student may, at his sole discretion, be present at any personal or social counseling service in which his child is required to participate.

C. A school shall send a written notification, for each instance a student is required to receive personal or social counseling services, to parents about (i) the services that are scheduled for the student, (ii) the purpose and general description of the services, (iii) ways parents may review materials to be used, and (iv) the procedures by which parents may be present or limit or prohibit the student's participation.

D. The provisions of this section shall not apply to a service provided to a student pursuant to his Individualized Education Program.