2What is Student Assistance? The Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program ( SAP) is an evidence-based process to provide prevention, intervention, and support services for students experiencing barriers to being successful in school.29 year history of success across PennsylvaniaMeant to be prevention for all, support for more vulnerable, intervention and additional support for those at highest risk.Builds on strengths within the student and family while lowering risks and overcoming barriers
3Which students and families can receive services from SAP? All students can receive services from SAP regardless of current servicesStudents can be referred from many sources – school staff, parents, other students, and community membersAdministrative teams on the elementary level prescreen referralsParents/guardians decide if they wish to accept SAP services
4Student Assistance is…… ConfidentialConcerned with eliminating barriers to school successEvidence BasedSupported by Pennsylvania’s Department of EducationCreativeA team processSupporting all students and familiesSystematic, student centered, caring
5Student Assistance is not…. Emergency serviceReplacement for Special Education, 504 plan, or IST. (SAP works with all support services)Time limited, with parent/guardian permission SAP support can continuethrough school building transitions
6Elementary SAPCompletes the Continuum of SAP Services in Garnet ValleyElementary Student AssistanceBethel Springs Elementary SAP TeamGarnet Valley Elementary SAP TeamMiddle School Student AssistanceMiddle School SAP TeamHigh School Student Assistance9th and 10th SAP Team11th and 12th SAP Team
8“Students who are hungry, sick, troubled, or depressed cannot function well in the classroom, no matter how good the school.” Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development
9Who is our Student Assistance Team at GVES? We have a trained SAP core team whose members are:Allegra DeeneyCarla D’OlioCarolyn FalconeSheila FrederickCaitlin JonesCathy MinkKristin SmeinsLin WesolowskiAdditional SAP Committee members are:Mandi BarimaniLiza BoydChris IacovelliJason KotchTerry Steger
10What we’ve done so far:Attended three day PDE certified Student Assistance Training presented by Holcomb Behavioral HealthCompleted individual on site competency assignments as part of SAP trainingMet as a team to apply what we learned including assessing needs and resources.Meeting monthly to establish program procedures and processes to build sustainability.Added eSAP information to the website under “Student Support Services”
11Some possible reasons to refer a student to SAP A change in a student’s behavior that is concerningSuch as…unexpected emotions, appearance, grades, attendance, tardiness, talk or actions indicating risky behaviorA concerning behavior that continues despite student support servicesSuch as….bully/victim problems, problems with peer interactions, emotional management, changes and/or losses in a student’s life
13Fourth Grade Male Student Exhibiting behaviors that are impeding his educational performanceStrengths-good math skills, grasps concepts with ease, has a sense of humor, and critical thinking and problem solving when he applies himself.Needs- homework completion, keeping hands and feet to himself, following directions, the need to be respectful and cooperative, and organizational skills.
14Fourth Grade Male Student Teachers report: misses instruction due to his behavior, he consistently distracts everyone around him, he invades others’ personal space, and has difficulty staying seated and being cooperative.History: Attended five different schools prior to current placement, and suspended at least once in all schools.Academics: range from below to on level.Interventions: Instructional Support Team, one on one paraprofessional on a trial basis.
16Fifth Grade Male Student Inconsistent academics, emotional concerns, motivation, and reading comprehension difficultiesStrengths-gets along with peers, easy going, reading decoding.Needs-motivation, self-esteem, reading comprehension.
17Fifth Grade Male Student Teacher Reports: Doing poorly in most areas due to emotional issues, lethargic, does not appear interested, has emotional breakdowns (crying, pulling his hair, hitting himself), will fall asleep in school sometimes, does not look forward to anything or proclaim any interests.Academics: grades range from Below Basic to Proficient. Class Assessments are below grade level.History: No developmental issues, no known traumaParent Input: He is lonely and has no friends. He was more carefree in the younger grades, but as the grades progressed, he became more stressed.Interventions: Instructional Support Team, work with Reading Specialist, extra conference time with teachers, social skills group
195th Grade Female Student Grades are inconsistent, student skips portions of assessments, refusal to complete written work. Grades have also declined due to loss of instructional time.Strengths: Well liked by peers, can communicate well with adults, talented athleteNeeds: Following adult directions, being respectful to adults and peers, completing tasks, appears non responsive to disciplinary action.
205th Grade Female Student Teachers report: She consistently distracts everyone around her, she can be verbally and physically aggressive to others, has difficulty being cooperative when working in groups.History: New to Garnet Valley, parents divorced.Academics: range from below to on level, difficulty with writing tasksInterventions: Instructional Support Team, behavior modification charts, check ins with counselor
21How To Refer a Student to our SAP Teachers and GVES Staff: Referral forms can be found in guidance officeCommunity: Call Guidance Counselor or AdministratorCompleted forms should be placed in an envelope addressed to SAP Team, and given to an administrator, guidance counselor, or IST.We are currently working on electronic submission optionsTalk about how to handle confidentially. Talk about what not to do.
22Then what happens? The teacher or community member refers student. PPS Team reviews the Initial Referral paperwork.If SAP is deemed appropriate, SAP confidentially collects relevant data from staff, the student, school records.Parents are contacted and asked to be involved in the SAP process.If they approve, the SAP uses a problem-solving process to determine what actions should be taken.Interventions and recommendations are made and can include a SAP assessment by the SAP Coordinator which provides referrals for in school and community resources.The SAP monitors the student’s progress.Confidentiality is the cornerstone of SAP.
23eSAP GVSD Stop Follow up and Support continue for the School Year SAP Referral form is completed by a teacher, student, parent/guardian, GVSD staff, or community member and submitted to administration for prescreen to determine best pupil support service for each referralIf SAP is the best pupil support service, the referral is presented at SAP meeting and the SAP Case Manager is assigned to begin gathering objective information through BAFsThank yous and BAFs sent by CaseManager/BAF xls is completed**Two outcomes are possible pending parent/guardian consentData is reviewedSAP Team decides to acceptcase and decides on a plan of action3. The parent/guardianrefuses help at this timeData from the BAFS is reviewed (student’s teacher may present concerns and receive suggestions from the SAP Team)SAP team makes the decision to accept the caseSAP team decides if an assessment or other plan of action will be pursuedParent is contacted and written permission is obtainedfor Assessment and/or group and/or mentoringStopeSAPStudent Support Groups , mentors, check ins with Case Managers are also optionsAssessment is conducted by SAP Coordinatorand/orGVSDFollow up and Support continue for the School Year