Student Assistance Program (SAP)
The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program is to help students overcome these barriers in order that they may achieve, remain in school, and advance.
The core of the program is the Student Assistance Team comprised of teachers, administrators, school counselors, school nurses as well as our partners from community agencies. Although student confidentiality is of utmost importance, the SAP team has found that in most circumstances it is beneficial to the student's welfare to involve parents from the beginning.
How does SAP work?
The Student Assistance Team receives referrals from parents, students, teachers, administrators, and other concerned school personnel. Referrals are made by contacting the school nurse or any other member of the SAP group such as your child’s school counselor.
After receiving a referral, team members gather information from other staff members who have had contact with the student. An informal team meeting is convened to determine the status of the referral. Parents are then contacted and asked to provide written consent before SAP services are initiated. The recommendation could be a conference with a SAP member or a request for an assessment provided by a trained specialist from a drug and alcohol or mental health agency. These specialists work with the team members to recommend appropriate action for that individual student. The team monitors and provides support for the student throughout the process.