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Student Assistance Program

Student Assistance Program

Common Questions for Student Assistance

What is the Student Assistance Program?

A Student Assistance Program (SAP) is an on-site counselor who identifies and assists students experiencing personal stressors that can impede their school performance, and negatively impact their social and emotional well-being. The SAP works with students who are dealing with a variety of personal issues, including those related to alcohol and other drugs, depression, anxiety, academic issues, family and friend stressors to name a few. Once a student is referred to the SAP, the counselor will meet with the student for an assessment. The counselor then refers the student to other services in the school or community; or the SAP counselor will provide brief counseling to address specific issues.


How Do Students Access the Program?

  1. Students can be referred by a teacher, parent, or a friend out of concern about specific behavior which indicates that the student may be dealing with personal problems.
  2. Students can refer themselves, by visiting the SAP counselor in room 103-F (in the Counseling Office).
  3. A student who is caught in violation of the school's alcohol and other drug policy and will be required to participate in an alcohol and drug education group.

What should I be looking for when making a referral to SAP?

  • Rapid decline in grades
  • Losss of interest in activities
  • Tardiness or truancy
  • Legal problems due to substance abuse
  • Friends or school personnel expressing concern
  • New set of friends
  • Decreased immunity - sick more often
  • Drastic weight loss or gain
  • Bloodshot eyes, dull or glassy, dilated or constricted
  • No explanation for how money was spent
  • Mood swings
  • Loss of memory for certain periods of time (blackouts)
  • Secrecy, dishonesty, excuses, defensiveness
  • Withdrawal from family
  • Anger and/or defiance

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