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Student Assistance Program SAP







The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a statewide program designed to help schools identify students who are experiencing behavioral and/or academic difficulties which pose a barrier to learning success.  Not only does SAP strive to help students succeed in their classes, remain in school, and achieve their post-secondary goals, SAP also offers support to students and their families by assisting them to access school and community resources and services. The SAP team is comprised of specially-trained educators (teachers, guidance counselors, nurses, administrators) and other professionals who work together with community agencies to identify students who are at-risk, conduct a formal assessment of the student's needs, if applicable, and respond with coordinated school and community-based resources.  

Referring a student…  

If you know a child who is having trouble in or out of school, the SAP Team can help.  Do you know a child who is showing any of these behaviors:

-Withdrawing from family, friends, and/or school


-Talking about suicide

-Unexplained physical injuries

-Defying authority, both at home and at school

-Sudden drop in grades


-Changing friends

-Acting aggressively

- Experimenting with drugs or alcohol


SAP Team can also be a resource for students who are having difficulty coping with traumatic events such as:

-Recent death of a loved one                           

- Divorce of parents

-Separation from a parent serving in the military

- Family relocation


How the SAP process works…

Anyone can refer a student to the SAP Team by completing a SAP referral form (available in all PVMS Homerooms and depositing it in the SAP box located in the Guidance Office or an online referral is also available, 2023-2024 SAP Referral.  Students are referred by teachers, other school personnel, students’ friends, students’ family members, and concerned community members.  

The SAP Team gathers information about the student from teachers and parents, and then develops a plan of action to help the student achieve success in school.  This might include services and activities in school and/or services from a community agency.  The SAP Team does not diagnose nor treat the students who are referred.  Rather, the team provides the family with information and choices to aid in student success.  The SAP Team will remain in contact with the community agency counselor and the parent in order to support the student.  Student and family confidentiality are respected throughout the student assistance process.

 SAP Team members include:       


·        Mrs. Markowski, Teacher

·        Mr. Gould, Teacher

·        Mrs. Amy Krasniqi, School Nurse

·        Mrs. Fallon, School Counselor

·        Mrs. Fields, PVMS Assistant Principal

·        Ms. Muto, School Psychologist  ·        Mrs. Rodvelt, School Counselor