Great Links for School Counselors
 

ACT K-12 Solutions
ASCA - American School Counselor Association
Career Bookstore - America's Career Success Bookstore
CESCaL
- The Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership 
CICV - Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia
CollegeBoard K-12 Counselor
FAFSA Completion Toolkit
I Am the One
 Campaign
NCAN - National College Access Network
NOSCA - National Office for School Counselor Advocacy
SCOPE - School Counselors' Online Professional Exchange
SCHEV - State Council of Higher Education in Virginia
VACRAO College Tour -Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officer
VASFAA - Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Virginia Career View
VCAN - Virginia College Access Network
VDOE School Counseling and Guidance 
Virginia Education Wizard
VALHEN- Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (*undocumented students)



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Flu Season!

For those of us who are in the schools this semester for practicum or internship, it is important to protect ourselves against air-born infections like influenza. Taking care of ourselves by getting a full night's sleep, exercising and eating a healthy balanced diet are great preventative strategies.  However, when the flu reaches epidemic levels as it has in many school across the state, we need to take additional precautions to prevent the spread of the disease. The Center for Disease Control offers suggestions for ways to protect against the flu virus this season (http://www.cdc.gov/features/fluactivity/):
  1. Get a flu vaccine. This is especially important due to our work with children and young adults whose young immune systems place them at at a higher risk for complications of the flu. Receiving the flu vaccine  protects against the spread of infection to others.  
  2. Avoid contact with sick people. Encourage parents to keep sick children home at least 24 hours after a fever  subside.
  3. Advertise public health advise to your school population and partner with your school nurse to get updated information to families 
  4. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze and cough
  5. Wash your hands often with soap and water, using alcohol-based hand gel when soap is unavailable
  6. Recognize that the flu can be a serious disease and seek medical treatment when necessary
More recommendations and public health advisories can be found at the Center for Disease Control's website at: www.cdc.gov