Senate Bill 763 was passed in the 88th legislative session and this bill allows school districts to employ chaplains or accept chaplains as volunteers to provide support, services, and programs for students as decided by the Board of Trustees. This bill also requires that each Texas School Board take a record vote by March 1, 2024 on whether or not to adopt a policy that would allow chaplains to work in the school district in the above mentioned capacity.
Dr. Arterbury, NBISD Superintendent, brought the topic up for discussion at tonight’s board meeting. It was noted that NBISD does not currently employ or accept chaplains in this capacity. NBISD utilizes certified counselors and follows the NBISD Comprehensive School Counseling and Guidance Plan.
NBISD Comprehensive School Counseling and Guidance Plan offers a comprehensive counseling program to all NBISD students. This program includes professional, certified school counselors, certified Crisis Intervention Counselors, and Communities in Schools Site Coordinators. You can view the entire plan as part of the board presentation here.
This bill does not define “chaplain,” so the state will not require any type of certification for chaplains employed or volunteering under this law. Because of this Dr. Arterbury recommends NBISD continue to use our current processes and follow the NBISD Comprehensive School Counseling and Guidance Plan so our students have the opportunity to receive counseling services from certified professionals in the field.
There are a number of ways that folks can volunteer within NBISD. Volunteering, mentoring, Parent Teacher Association and Watch Dogs Dad Groups are all available to NBISD community members. To find out more about specific volunteer possibilities, please click here.