Latest NewsNoe Ortega Acting PA Secretary of Education addresses Pennsyvania School Counselors
at Professional Development PSCA Spring Break in March 2021
PSCA Statement on State of Minnesota vs. Derek Michael ChauvinPSCA recognizes the continued hurt, pain and trauma that the community of Minneapolis has experienced, reflecting the pain seen in communities across the country, including Pennsylvania. While the guilty verdicts are a step towards justice, we continue to recognize the long journey our country needs to go to heal, and reach, the ideals it was founded upon.
PSCA continues to offer sympathies to George Floyd’s family, and offer our solidarity for the communities, schools and students impacted by racial trauma. Since George Floyd’s death, PSCA has built programs, resources and tools to further our commitment to justice, equity and combating oppression. Most importantly we’ll continue to work to build better futures for our students by creating systems that show #blacklivesmatter.
Additional Resources for on-going conversation about racism and justice:
The Pennsylvania School Counselors Association is deeply saddened by the death of Daunte Wright
The Pennsylvania School Counselors Association is deeply saddened by the death of Daunte Wright, and our hearts go out to his family and the community dealing with the continued racial and communal trauma.
PSCA Staffing ReportGovernment Relations Committee Chair, Adam Oldham, has assembled the first Pennsylviania School Counelor Staffing Report which can be used for School Counselor Advocacy. This report is designed to educate and empower school counselors acroos Pennsylvania as they advocate for the intestment in school counselign positions and programs in our K-12 education system. It will serve as an annual reference point for the numbers and ratios of school counselors employed in Pennsylvania. If you would like to access the PSCA Staffing Report CLICK HERE.
Important COVID-19 Vaccine informationOn January 8th, the PA Department of Health set forth guidelines for vaccine disbursement. While Phase 1B included “Education Workers,” Phase 1A includes “Clinical personnel in school settings”. See below:
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The Association of School Psychologists of PA posted steps their members could take if they sought an appointment as a 'clinical personnel in school settings.'
Since the posting, the Pennsylvania Vaccination Plan has been taken down, in response to emerging changes to Federal vaccine distribution.
We are monitoring anticipated changes, but cannot currently offer definitive direction regarding school counselors’ classification. PSCA will continue to gather further information and advocate that the vaccine be made available for all school personnel, including school counselors, as quickly as possible.
In Response to the Attack on the US Capital...In the wake of the violence on January 6th with the attack on the nation’s Capitol, and the unprecedented challenges to the standards of peaceful transfer of power in our state and national governments, PSCA would like to offer the following resources. Please use these tools to support students and guide discussion as we all reconcile with this shameful day in our nation’s history.
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