If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes, but if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.
– William Jefferson Clinton
The Parkland High School’s Student Assistance Program is an intervention program designed to identify and refer students to appropriate resources in the school or the community. There are four phases to the student assistance program.
- Referral—Anyone can refer a student to SAP when they are concerned about someone’s behavior—any school staff, a student’s friend, a family member or community member. The students themselves can even go directly to the SAP team to ask for help. The SAP team contacts the parent for permission to proceed with the SAP process.
- Team Planning—The SAP team gathers objective information about the student’s performance in school from all school personnel who have contact with the student. Information is also collected from the parent. The team contacts the parent to discuss the data collection and collects information from the parent. Additionally, the SAP obtains permission to proceed with the SAP process. If the parent(s) provide permission a plan is developed that includes strategies for removing the learning barriers and promoting the student’s academic and personal success to include in-school and/or community-based services and activities.
- Intervention and Recommendations—The plan is put into action. The team assists in linking the student to in-school and/or community based services and activities. The team might recommend a mental health assessment and/or a drug and alcohol assessment.
- Support and Follow-up—The SAP continues to work with and support the student and their family. Follow-up includes monitoring, mentoring, and motivating for academic success.
Involvement of the parents in all phases of the SAP program underscores the parents’ role and responsibility in the decision-making affecting their children’s education and is key to the successful resolution of problems.
For further information contact a member of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) or (610)351-5600 Ext. 72108 Mrs. Fitch. Students may also stop by the SAP Room located in B108. Referral forms may be downloaded here:Referral Form SAP.
- Parent/Guardian Consultation and ongoing monitoring with a member of the SAP team. This includes referring your child to both in-school and out-of-school services as deemed appropriate by the team.
- An Assessment through Mid-Atlantic Rehabilitation Services (MARS). This is a confidential screening conducted by a member of MARS during school hours at Parkland High School. These recommendations will be shared with the SAP team. It will allow the SAP team to make appropriate referrals and necessary linkages to in-school and out-of-school supports for your child. Parents have the right to request to review the screening tool that will be used with their child and to have access of all information gathered pertaining to their child.
DRUG TEST KITS:
Do you suspect that your son or daughter may be using a substance? Parents can purchase eight-panel drug screenings for only $14 from the Student Assistance Program. Purchase this eight-panel drug screening anonymously-no questions asked by contacting Mrs. Fitch, and you can test your child in the privacy of your own home–results within minutes. Test kit screens for Alcohol, Amphetamines, Benzodiazepine, Cocaine, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Morphine/Opiates, and OxyContin.
Eight-panel drug screenings may also be purchased anonymously from the Whitehall Police Department.