Are You Worried About Your Child?

North East School District
Student Assistance Program (SAP)
can help children experiencing barriers to learning

An Informational 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 North East School District 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/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
Changing friends
Unexplained physical injuries
Feeling sad
Talking about suicide
Defying authority, both at home and school
Acting aggressively
Lying
Needing money without a good explanation
Declining grades
Experimenting with alcohol or drugs

Are You Concerned about Your Child’s Reaction to...?
Recent death of a loved one
Divorce of parents
Family relocation
A relationship problem
Bullying
Other traumatic event

How Does My Child Become Involved in the SAP Program?
To refer your child, follow the “Referral Form” link found below. Anyone can refer a child to the 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 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 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 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 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 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:

Dr. Jennifer Ritter - Principal
Kim Hart - Guidance Counselor
Kiersten Lawrence - Nurse
Brianne Hodges - Special Education Supervisor
Joe Rizzo - Behavior Specialist, Student and Family Relations Specialist
Kristen Righi - Mental Health Liaison, NESD Social and Emotional Learning Specialist


Privacy
The SAP team information is completely confidential and the team will respect you and your child's privacy at all times.

Referral Form
Parent/Guardian Consent Form
Parent Questionnaire