A student may request an appointment with the counselor by a verbal or written request. Students must have permission from their classroom teacher to see the counselor. An emergency situation (a student is a threat to himself/herself or someone else, a personal crisis such as illness or death in the family) does not warrant a formal request. All students are encouraged to visit the counselor’s office to discuss areas of concern. The counselor will meet with all students in the manner of individual sessions, small group sessions and/or classroom visits. The signing of the handbook acknowledgment form gives permission for the counselor to meet with a student as well as refer any student experiencing issues to counseling outside of the school setting.