Are You Worried About Your Child?
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) can help children experiencing barriers to learning.
A Guide for Parents/Guardians
What Is SAP?
A SAP team made up of school and agency staff is available to help you access school and community services for your child.
In Pennsylvania, every school district is required to have a plan for identifying and assisting students who experience barriers to learning.
The WH Intermediate School SAP 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. We will provide you with information and you make the choice(s) that best fit your needs and wishes. As the parent or guardian, you are an important part of the team.
Do You See Your Child Showing Any of These Behaviors?
- Withdrawing from family, friends, and/or activities
- Lack of motivation, apathy
- School refusal
- Feeling sad or lacking a sense of belonging
- Talking about suicide
- Defying authority, both at home and school
- Acting aggressively
- Declining grades
- Experimenting with cigarettes, alcohol or drugs
Are You Concerned About Your Child’s
Reaction to Any of the Following?
- Recent death of a loved one
- Divorce of parents
- Family relocation
- A relationship problem
- Other traumatic event
How Does My Child Become Involved in the SAP Program?
Anyone can refer a child to the WH Intermediate SAP team. Some students are referred by teachers or other school personnel. A friend or family member can also let the SAP team know that they are worried about someone. The child can even go directly to the WH Intermediate SAP team to ask for help. Schools will gather information to determine how a student is doing in their classes. However, the SAP team will not proceed unless you give your written parent permission. Once permission is received, the WH Intermediate SAP team will work with you to develop a plan of action to help your child achieve success in school. Participation in the program is voluntary.
What If Someone Has Referred My Child to SAP?
A WH Intermediate SAP team member will contact you regarding your child’s referral to the program. Before a SAP team member talks to your child, you will be asked to sign a permission form. The WH Intermediate SAP team will work with you and your child throughout the process. As a parent, your knowledge and thoughts about your child will be helpful in developing a plan of action. If you need more information before making a decision about SAP, please feel free to talk to a WH Intermediate SAP team member.
How Do I Contact the SAP Team?
If you have any questions about SAP or you feel that your child may need help, call your child’s school and ask to speak with any of the following team members:
Chad Burnheimer, Principal
Lesley McDonough, Assistant Principal
Jami Heffley, SAP Coordinator, Behavior Interventionist
Brittany Miller, Home School Visitor
Fran Colaizzi, School Psychologist
Kristy Lafferty, School Nurse
TCV SAP Liaison