Counseling & Student Guidance
School counselors support children’s journey of academic, emotional, and social success. School counselors collaborate with faculty, staff, students, parents, and the community on a comprehensive guidance and counseling program. They meet with students throughout the year and are also available to meet with students when needed. Please feel free to reach out to your students' school counselor any time by calling your child's' campus.
If you are concerned your child is being bullied or is bullying another child, please reach out to your child's teacher or school counselor. Because student safety is of vital importance, we encourage you to share information with us that you deem troubling, so that we may take appropriate action. This includes information about weapons, threats, fights, drugs, self-harm, suicide, harassment (of any form), bullying, or any other disclosures made to you or posted online that are concerning.
Definition of Bullying
Bullying occurs when a person is exposed, repeatedly, and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength and is considered bullying if it interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operations of the school.
Definition of Cyber-Bullying
Cyber-Bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others. “Cyber-Bullying” is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phone. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyber-stalking. Adult cyber- harassment or cyber-stalking is never called cyber-bullying.
Snyder ISD believes students learn best in a safe and nurturing environment. In addition to high-tech access control systems, cameras, and other security measures, we are proud to work with the Snyder Police Department to ensure everyone's safety.
Because student safety is of vital importance, we encourage you to share information with us that you deem troubling, so that we may take appropriate action. This includes information about weapons, threats, fights, drugs, self-harm, suicide, harassment (of any form), bullying, or any other disclosures made to you or posted online that are concerning.
In the event of an emergency or immediate concern, call 911.
ANYONE WHO SUSPECTS THAT A CHILD HAS BEEN OR MAY BE ABUSED OR NEGLECTED HAS A LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY, UNDER STATE LAW, FOR REPORTING THE SUSPECTED ABUSE OR NEGLECT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OR TO CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES (CPS). REPORTS MAY BE MADE BY CONTACTING ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
Texas Abuse Hotline. 1-800-252-5400, http://www.txabusehotline.org
Call 911 for emergency situations
The Snyder Independent School District, in the collaboration with the School Health Advisory Council has established this plan for addressing child sexual abuse and other maltreatment of children. This plan may be accessed at the district website. A copy of this plan will also be kept in each principal’s office, each school counselor’s office and at the SISD Central Office. This plan includes the legal definition of sexual abuse, methods for increasing awareness regarding sexual abuse of children, and the psychological, behavioral, and physical warning signs of abuse. Since the typical signs of child abuse many vary by age, we have also included signs more typical in younger children and also adolescents. This plan addresses when to suspect physical abuse and when to suspect neglect. View the plan here.
The Snyder ISD Counseling Team works hard to identify children who may be struggling with hunger or have nutritional needs. According to We are Teachers There are millions of kids across the US dealing with food insecurity . Because their basic nutritional needs aren’t being met, these students are more likely to have behavior problems or become high school dropouts. Collaborating with the school and local assistance agencies, counselors work to connect families with the resources they need.
To view the SISD Health and Wellness plan, click here. If your family is struggling to afford food or has recently had a reduction in income, ask about the Free and Reduced Lunch Program.
The Snyder ISD Counseling Staff is here to support your child through their academic journey. In younger grades, counselors help students become emotional and social challenges they may face in school - an important component to a child's education. They also help facilitate special program needs such as the Gifted and Talented program. As students get older, in addition to fostering social and emotional strength and resilience, counselors help students develop a roadmap for the remainder of their academic career and beyond.