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Frequently Asked Questions

How does my child become involved in the program?

Students come to the SAP team in different ways. Anyone can refer a student to the Student Assistance Program. Teachers refer some students, others by fellow students, and some by a family member. A student can even go directly to the SAP team to ask for help. However, the SAP team will not become involved unless parent/guardian permission is secured. If you feel your child may need help, call your child's school and ask to speak with a member of the SAP team. The SAP team and the school will always respect you and your child's privacy.

What are some barriers to learning?

Every day, students are confronted with various problems that interfere with their ability to succeed in school. Unfortunately, these barriers are not always noticeable and may result from a particular event or situation. To help families better identify barriers, a list of events and warning signs to look out for that might be a good reason for referral to the district's SAP are listed below.

Events ---

  • The recent death of a loved one
  • Divorce of parents
  • Family relocation
  • A relationship problem
  • Another traumatic event

Warning Signs ---

  • Withdrawing from family, friends, or school
  • Changing friends; no longer spends time with old friends
  • Unexplained physical injuries
  • Talking about suicide
  • Depressed
  • Defying Authority, both at home and at school
  • Acting aggressively
  • Lying
  • Needing money without an explanation
  • A sudden drop in grades
  • Experimenting with drugs or alcohol

EASD's SAP team does not diagnose, treat, or refer your child for treatment. Instead, we will provide you with information on appropriate resources and assist you with making a choice that will best help your child succeed in school. Remember, you are part of our team.

What Happens After I Give My Permission?

There are several steps that the team will take after you sign the permission form:

  • Together, you and the SAP team will develop a plan of action to help your child achieve success in school. The plan might include services and activities in school or services from a community agency. If necessary, the SAP team will talk with you about services in the community and give you information on how to contact others who may be able to help.
  • The SAP team will continue to work with and support your child. They will stay in touch with you to discuss your child's progress and success in school. Your continued involvement is crucial.

What Can You Do To Help?

A student may have a problem or have a friend who has a problem. You may be the only one who recognizes the problem or the only one who can help. Referring someone for help is not being disloyal. Parents and teachers with concerns about a student regarding behaviors that may indicate high-risk behaviors or social, emotional, or mental health problems may refer a student. An SAP team member will follow up with you.

Will anyone know if a child has been referred to the SAP?

The SAP Team is committed to confidentiality in all aspects of the intervention process. Therefore, matters brought before the team members will not be shared outside the team unless there is a professional/ parental need to know. However, as school personnel, the team members are obligated to report to the proper authorities cases of child abuse and neglect (as defined by the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services law) and situations where a student may deliberately harm himself or others.

Does the SAP team provide comprehensive services to students referred to the program for at-risk behaviors?

No. Members are trained to recognize high-risk behaviors associated with chemical dependency, suicide, and other mental health concerns. This team does not provide therapy, but it will refer students to appropriate sources of help.