What is SAP?
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program (SAP), is designed to assist school personnel in identifying issues which may pose a barrier to a student’s success both in and out of school. The primary goal of SAP is to help students overcome these barriers in order for them to achieve, remain in school, and advance.
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a systemic process using techniques to mobilize school resources to remove barriers to learning. The core of the program is a professionally trained team, including school staff and liaisons from community 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 an assessment for treatment.
There are four phases to the Student Assistance Process (SAP):
- Referral – Anyone can refer a student to SAP when they are concerned about someone’s behavior — any school staff, a student’s friend, a family member or community member. The students themselves can even go directly to the SAP team to ask for help. The SAP team contacts the parent for permission to proceed with the SAP process.
- Team Planning – The SAP team gathers objective information about the student’s performance in school from all school personnel who have contact with the student. Information is also collected from the parent. The team meets with the parent to discuss the data colleted and also meets with the student. Together, a plan is developed that includes strategies for removing the learning barriers and promoting the student’s academic and personal success to include in-school and/or community-based services and activities.
- Intervention and Recommendations – The plan is put into action. The team assists in linking the student to in-school and/or community- based services and activities. The team might recommend a drug and alcohol or mental health assessment.
- Support and Follow-Up – The SAP team continues to work with and support the student and their family. Follow-up includes monitoring, mentoring, and motivating for academic success.
It is the parent’s right to be involved in the process and to have full access to all school records under the applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Involvement of parents in all phases of the student assistance program underscores the parents’ role and responsibility in the decision– making process affecting their children’s education and is key to the successful resolution of problems.
The student assistance process is based upon state guidelines, professional standards and policies, and procedures adopted by the local school board of directors. Professional training for team members in all phases of the student assistance process, which is consistent with state guidelines and conducted by a Commonwealth approved training provider, is required to ensure the appropriateness of the recommended services, effective interagency collaboration and compliance with state and federal laws protecting the privacy rights of parents and students.
The training of team members by a Commonwealth approved training provider, ensures the board of school directors, school administrators, parents, students, and the public that team members have received up-to- date professional training consistent with accountable standards and appropriate procedures. Guidelines for the Commonwealth Student Assistance Program training system contain training standards and competencies for SAP team professionals.
For those students receiving treatment through a community agency, the student assistance team, in collaboration with parents and the agency, can assist in helping plan in-school support services during and after treatment. The EPSD has a high level of administrative and Board support along with active parent and student involvement, as well as the available resources both in school and the community. We will do everything possible to remove barriers to learning and improve student success.
- Return referrals to the school
- Make a referral call to Genise Bishop – Guidance Counselor
- Mail referral to Macungie Elementary School 4062 Brookside Road Macungie, PA 18062
SAP Team Members: