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A SAP Guide for Parents and Families
What is the Student Assistance Program (SAP)?
In Pennsylvania, every school must have a Student Assistance Program (SAP). A SAP team, made up of school and community agency staff, is here to help you access school and community services.
A specially trained team, (Student Assistance Team, Elementary Student Assistance Team) made up of school and community agency staff, is here to help you access school and community services.
Centennial is in the vanguard of making student assistance services available to all students, K-12.
Do You See Your Child Showing Any of These Behaviors?
• Sudden drop in grades,
• Frustration over failure to master key grade-level skills
• Withdrawing from friends; no longer spending time with old friends
• Unexplained physical injuries
• Talking about suicide
• Defying authority, both at home and at school
• Acting aggressively or acting out
• Needing money without an explanation
• Experimenting with drugs or alcohol
Are You Concerned About Your Child's Reaction To:
• Recent death of a loved one
• Divorce of parents
• Family relocation
• A relationship problem
• Other traumatic event
If your child is having trouble in or out of school, we can help you. There may be times when you just don't know how to help your child. That's okay; someone else may know how to help.
Don't feel embarrassed or uncomfortable about asking for help. When extra help is needed, knowing how and where to find help can be overwhelming.
How Does My Child Become Involved in the Program?
Your school's Student Assistance Team will help you find services and assistance within the school and, if needed, in the community. We do not diagnose, treat, or refer your child for treatment. Rather, we will provide you with information; you make the choices. Remember, you are part of our team. Our goal is to help your child succeed in school.
Students come to the team in different ways. Anyone, including you, can refer a student to the team. Some students are referred by teachers and other school personnel. Any school staff member, a student's friend or family member can let the team know that they are worried about someone. The students themselves can even go directly to the team to ask for help. This is not a punitive process, so the referred student cannot get in trouble. However, the team will not get involved without parents' permission.
What if Someone Has Already Referred My Child to the Program?
First know that your child was referred because someone is concerned about observable changes they are seeing in your child. Perhaps a teacher or a friend has noticed changes in behavior and habits that you may or may not have noticed at home.
In collecting data about your child, your observations of your child at home are important.
The team will request that you sign a permission form for your child to become involved in the program. Once you sign, the team will begin to work with you and your child. If you feel that you need more information before making a decision, please let your team know. If you do not sign the permission form, the team will not become involved. Participation is voluntary.
What happens after I Give my Permission?
There are several steps that the team will take after you sign the permission form:
1. The team will gather specific information about your child's performance in school from all school staff that has contact with your child. A team member will also talk with you either in person or by phone about your observations, your child's strengths, and your concerns.
3. The team will continue to work with and support your child. The team will monitor your child's academic, health, attendance, and behavioral performance for a period of 90 days. They will make a follow-up telephone call to you at that time to get your assessment on your child's progress. Your continued involvement is very important.
Contacting Your School's Student Assistance Program.
If you feel that your child may need help, call your child's school and ask to speak with a member of the Student Assistance program. Someone will be there to help.
The SAP team and the school will respect you and your child's privacy at all times.
Listed below are phone numbers for the Elementary Student Support Program and the Secondary Student Assistance Program:
Willow Dale Elementary
Mr. Michael Donnelly
Klinger Middle School
Guidance Secretary will take your name and number.
Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Log College Middle School
Guidance Secretary will take your name and number.
Or e-mail: email@example.com
William Tennent High School
Leave a message or e-mail:
After Hours Emergency Numbers
Police Emergency-Dial 911
Mental Health Crisis/Emergency Services
Lenape Valley Foundation
1-800-499-7455 or 215-345-2273
Bucks County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Drug and/or
Alcohol Emergency Hot Line