K-6 Guidance Program

  • New Hyde Park-Garden City Park

    K-6 Guidance Program


    The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District has developed a guidance program that addresses both the cognitive and affective issues that affect our students. The following objectives are core to the program.


    1.      Guide students in making the right decisions regarding their academic efforts and personal behavior.

    2.      Teach students how to remain safe from strangers and substances that can be dangerous to their physical and mental well-being.

    3.      Assist students and their parents if they are having problems with attendance, academic performance, behavior or any adjustments due to life events.

    4.      Teach students that they should not be victims of any form of abuse, albeit mental, emotional, physical or sexual.




    1.      Students participate in content area lessons that address safety issues, substance abuse issues, and physical abuse issues. Examples of programs that may address these objectives include, but are not limited to:

    -          Safety Town

    -          Bully Proofing Our Schools

    -          Stranger Danger

    -          Caring Ambassadors

    -          Buddy Programs

    -          Monthly Character Education Focus

    2.      Upon enrollment every family is given a student Code of Conduct and procedure in a district and receives an orientation calendar with the principal or designee regarding rules and procedures for their expectations as a student in the district as part of Back to School night.

    3.      All students who may experience any attendance, academic, behavior or adjustment problems are referred by their teacher to the Instructional Support Team (IST). This group of educators examines all student data and creates a plan to address the needs of the student. The plan is monitored for progress and a staff member is assigned as the case manager. In addition, our students all have a Universal Kindergarten Screening via Dial 4 Screening and K – 6 have annual screening in math and reading through the STARS Assessment Program.

    4.      The psychologist works with individual students who are classified with an IEP to help address issues they may have.

    5.      Social workers design individual and group programs to address the needs and concerns of our students. An example of a type of program is Banana Splits to help students with the adjustment in their lives due to their parents separating or divorcing.

    6.      Classroom teachers counsel students daily in reading, writing and math workshops if the students are experiencing any academic problems and will have conferences to discuss any misbehaviors or poor life choices.


    Parents are expected to be an integral partner in this process. Parent communication through participation in meetings, workshops, conferences and agenda book notes is a major component of the plan.


    Using research based programs, staff members keep progress monitoring records that establish successful interventions to a student’s program and, make adjustments to programs accordingly.