33-1212. Elementary school counselors. In recognition of the diverse and complicated demands upon students, their families and the public school system, the legislature finds that the counseling offered at the elementary school level should be flexible and responsive. For purposes of elementary counselor services, a counselor shall be defined as an individual who meets the requirements of an approved program of graduate study in school guidance and counseling from a college or university approved by the Idaho state board of education and who meets the requirements of rules adopted by the board, or an individual licensed as provided by chapter 32, title 54, Idaho Code, as a certified social worker and who meets the requirements of the state board of education.
The state board of education shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this section, and shall specifically provide that certified social workers meet the requirement for elementary school counselors. A local school district may request a waiver from the state board of education of the counselor/counseling requirements, provided that data is submitted to and annually approved by the state department of education to substantiate that the intent of the board's rules in these areas is being met by an alternative program model.