Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is comprised of teachers, guidance counselors, the school nurse, a building administrator, and outside consultants. The team works together to help students who are “at-risk” of not succeeding in school.

All SAP team members have received training that enables them to identify and intervene with students who are “at-risk” for substance abuse, depression, suicide, eating disorders, and/or other emotional concerns. “At-risk” students can be referred to the SAP team by teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, classmates, or parents. Students can also refer themselves.

At the start of each school year, students are informed of the SAP process through the participation in an introductory lesson taught by a SAP team member. The Student Assistance Team offers a variety of Student Support Groups and an in-school Mentoring Program. In addition, the SAP team also provides Drug and Alcohol Assessments and Mental Health Assessments as needed with parental permission.

Please contact a SAP team member for more information.

Addressing Grief: Facts and Tips

1. Grief is not solely related to the death of a loved one. The symptoms, characteristics, and process of grieving can be similar after other types of loss (divorce, transition, moving).
2. Grief is personal. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. How people grieve can be influenced by developmental level, cultural traditions, religious beliefs, mental health, disabilities, family, personal characteristics, and previous experiences.
3. Grief is often characterized by sadness, emotional pain, and introspection in adults. However, children’s grief reactions differ according to age and developmental level:

  • Elementary - Decreased academic performance, concentration, and attendance; irritability, aggression, and disruptive behaviors; sleep/eating disturbances; social withdrawal; guilt, depression, and anxiety
  • Middle and High School - Decreased academic performance, concentration, and attendance; avoidance, withdrawal, high risk behaviors or substance abuse, difficulty with peer relations, nightmares, flashbacks, emotional numbing or depression

4. Grieving does not have a timeline. Parents should be aware of anniversaries, birthdays, developmental milestones, and other factors that could affect students months or years after the loss.

References & Resources

Announcements:

Local Resource for Loss:
The Center for Loss & Bereavement in Skippack is offering support groups and other services for students and families who have experienced a loss. Please click here for more information.

Parent Resource
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers this parent resource to help talk about marijuana in a meaningful way. Research shows that 41% of marijuana users report initiating use before age 15, making early parental involvement especially important. Download a free copy of the Marijuana Talk Kit HERE

Teen Dating Violence

Teen dating violence is a major issue today in our country as well as right here in our Spring-Ford community. Members of the Community Partners Against Abuse (CPAA) committee of the TriCounty Community Network (TCN) are trying to raise awareness of this issue in our community.

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