The mission of the Nevada Virtual Academy's Counseling department is to provide a comprehensive guidance program that will assist all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become effective students, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners. The student services program is an integral part of Nevada Virtual Academy’s total program with a commitment to individual uniqueness and the maximum development of human potential. The program addresses the personal/social, educational, and career needs and desires of all Nevada Virtual Academy students. The department's ultimate goal is for students to graduate with competencies necessary to be able to make self-directed, realistic, and responsible decisions and to be successful contributors to society.
Mrs. Crystal Shay
Mrs. Michelle Berger
Mrs. Dion Duckett
Ms. Kara Lavoie
Mrs. Heidi Ongbongan
Ms. Somara Netherly
Mrs. Sasha Scott
NVVA Counselor Website: http://nvvacounseling.weebly.com/
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973:
All identified students are free from discrimination and are provided with the accommodations, related services and development of strategies necessary to support their success. The Section 504 office will provide ongoing monitoring of, and support and training to school-based teams to ensure compliance with the federal mandate.
What is Section 504?
Section 504 is a broad civil rights law protecting the rights of individuals in programs and activities that receive federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The law protects all school-age children who qualify as "handicapped" according to the definitions described in the regulations. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states:
No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States … shall solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance …” 29 U.S.C. § 794 (“Section 504”)
Each school district is required to designate an employee who will be responsible for ensuring compliance with Section 504 regulations. At Nevada Virtual Academy, each counselor serves as the 504 Coordinator for their student cohort.