The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is composed of a group of specially trained school staff and community agency liaisons who work together to identify students who are experiencing school problems such as:
Divorce, separation and step family issues;
Stressful situations and life pressures;
Death and grief issues;
Absence of coping skills due to poor communication, a low self-image;
Establishing and maintaining friendships and getting along with others;
Alcohol or drug use or experimentation;
Depression or other mental health problems.
It is the parent’s right to be involved in all phases of the Student Assistance process. The Student Assistance Program is designed to assist students and parents by making in-school resources available and providing information about community resources. The Student Assistance Program does not provide therapy or implement disciplinary consequences.
Staff members may notice a decline in school performance (attendance, grades, conduct) which may indicate that a student is experiencing difficulty. These behavior changes are reported to MTSS team. The MTSS team refers student to SAP as an intervention.
Self-referrals are accepted. Students may seek information or complete an online referral for MTSS.
Peers who are concerned about a friend’s problems are encouraged to discuss these concerns with a SAP team member or complete the online referral to MTSS.
Family members are encouraged to communicate with the school counselor for information or assistance.
Community agencies and institutions (church, social services, criminal justice systems and counseling agencies) deal with students and their families. Community referrals should be directed to the school counselor.
What happens to SAP referrals?
The SAP team collects information about the student’s performance and behavior from a variety of sources: teachers, counselors, nurses, administrators and other staff members as needed. All information is confidential.
If a SAP referral is appropriate, parental consent is requested. The team analyzes this information, along with input from the student and parent, in order to determine the best course of action for the student.
Intervention alternatives include: counseling services, individual counseling, referral to other school professionals and/or referral to outside agencies.
For more information, please contact your student’s School Counselor.
SAP Team Members
Mrs. Rachel Aldefer, Counselor
Miss Joanna Suriel, Counselor
Ms. Teresa Casimire, Principal
Mrs. Julie Davis, Assit. PRincipal
Mr. Robert Frey, Director of Student & Community Relations