Student Assistance Programs are mandated in every high school and middle school in the state of Pennsylvania. The Student Assistance Program (SAP) at East Pennsboro Area High School aims to identify students who may be facing challenges or barriers to learning that pose a threat to a student’s success. Such challenges may include family problems, eating/sleeping difficulties, peer conflict, depression, pregnancy, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, anxiety/fears, and drug and/or alcohol use. The primary goal of SAP is to provide the intervention necessary to promote a student’s achievement and success. SAP follows state-mandated guidelines for student assistance programs.
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SAP is a confidential and voluntary intervention program aimed at identifying students who are faced with challenges that prevent a student from learning. SAP provides intervention to support and promote a student’s achievement and success. The core of the program is a professionally trained team, including school staff and liaisons from community drug & alcohol and mental health agencies. SAP team members are trained to identify problems, determine whether or not the presenting problem lies within the responsibility of the school, and to make recommendations to assist the student and the parent. When the problem lies beyond the scope of the school, the SAP team will assist the parent and student so they may access services within the community. The student assistance team members do not diagnose, treat, or refer to treatment, but they may refer for a screening or refer for an assessment for treatment.
How Does My Child Become Involved in the Program?
you would like to refer your child or another student for which you
have some concern, referrals can be made by calling a school guidance
counselor, filling out a referral form in the main office or guidance
office, or requesting an online referral form from a team member.
Referrals can be made by anyone, including peers, teachers, parents,
coaches, community members, or by students themselves. You may remain
anonymous when submitting a referral. Referrals remain confidential,
being discussed only within the SAP team.
The SAP team will review the referral and obtain current academic performance and observable behavior from the student’s teachers. The SAP team will then decide whether the referral is appropriate for SAP. Once the referral is accepted, parent contact is made to obtain permission to have the student participate in the SAP process. Parent permission is required in order for a student to be involved in SAP. The SAP team will request that you sign a permission form for your child to become involved in the program. Once you sign, the SAP team will begin to work with you and your child. If you feel you need more information before making a decision, please let your SAP team know. If you do not sign the permission form, the SAP team will not become involved. Following parent permission, the student must also agree to participate in SAP and sign the required forms. As previously stated, SAP is a voluntary program.
What if Someone Has Already Referred My Child to the Program?
someone refers your child to SAP, this means that someone cares about
your child and has some concerns regarding changes he or she may have
noticed. Perhaps a teacher or friend has noticed changes in behavior
and/or habits that you may or may not have noticed at home. Maybe your
child has approached someone about a problem he/she is trying to solve.
The SAP team will proceed with the referral process and will contact
you, as the parent, for permission to proceed if the referral is
accepted by the team. All information is kept confidential by the SAP
team. No one other than the SAP team and the adults at school who need
to know will know that you are involved in the program.
What Happens After I Give My Permission?
The team will take several steps after you sign the permission form:
Some Signs that May Indicate the Need for SAP Involvement
If your child is having trouble in or out of school, the SAP team can help. Please contact a team member if you have questions or need assistance!