Southside Region 8

December 2015

VSCA Updates

U Ready & Ready or Not magazine/online for careers. Target audience is 10th graders but good for 6-12.

SECONDARY COUNSELORS: STI numbers for virtual courses

DOE is asking all school counselors to add the STI numbers to any student currently enrolled in a Virtual Virginia course into Virtual Virginia student information system by Feb 15, 2016. The purpose is to grab data from those courses to help with verified credit and graduation discussions. Questions go to Mark Saunders

Credit waivers

Waivers for courses available through DOE for seniors coming in after first 20 hours of instruction or sometimes for extenuation circumstances. Email or call Joe Wharff.

  • PE requirement can be waived for Juniors or Seniors if coming from school that does not require PE and would create overload coursework - applies to First Aid/CPR requirement too.

  • CANNOT waive: Virtual Credit, Economics and Personal Finance, Industry Credential. Can take through Virtual Virginia, however.

School Counselors-What's Next?

School Counselor Ratios are being evaluated. The ideal ratio is 1:250, but it is more common to have 1:400 or 1:300

Statewide Counselor Evaluation is still be considered by VDOE

Mental Health & Student Outcomes Conference coming possibly-August 2016

A survey will be sent out to all divisions detailing the role of School Counselors; particularly if school counselors are School Testing Coordinators (STCs).

VSCA Legislative Day 2016

Thursday, Jan. 14th 2016 at 9:30-11:30am

915 East Broad Street

Richmond, VA

Share you passion for our profession with state legislators!

Legislators will be invited by our lobbyists David Bailey and Kristen Bailey-Hardy to our room where there will be light refreshments and coffee. A one-pager will be provided to share with Legislators and to give you talking points if you need them. This is a chance to talk to Legislators about all of the wonderful things we do! Show them your passion for your job and students! Our legislative day is a no stress way to educate our legislators how important we are in our schools and to give our insight on upcoming legislation!

5 West Conference Room-General Assembly Building on Capitol Square

Please plan to arrive 30-45 minutes early to allow for parking, walking to the building, and getting through security.

You can also stay for the General Session of the Entire House or Senate (we will be introduced). If you would like to stay, it will start at noon.

Email Renee Zando, Government Relations Chair for questions at


Region 8 Updates

Region 8 Elementary School Counselors met on December 11th. Region 8 High School counselors met on November 5th. Region 8 Middle School Counselors have a blog that can be accessed and they met as well. We are planning to have a Spring Meet & Greet sometime in April. There will be more details to come about that.

We are making great strides and getting our name and the importance of our jobs as professional school counselors out to everyone. We hope to continue with your help in 2016. I hope that each of you can refresh and re-energize over this Holiday break and take time for yourselves as our main mission is to give to others.

Southside Region 8 Representative-Dominique Foster

  • Amelia
  • Appomattox
  • Brunswick
  • Buckingham
  • Charlotte
  • Cumberland
  • Greensville
  • Halifax
  • Lunenburg
  • Mecklenburg
  • Nottoway
  • Prince Edward