Student Assistance Program
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. Our school’s Student Assistance Program team name is the Martin Meylin Student Assistance Team.
The Martin Meylin 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 Consistently Showing Any of These Behaviors?
- Withdrawing from family, friends, and/or activities
- Drug and/or alcohol interest and/or experimentation
- Decline in personal hygiene
- Changing friends or interests
- Unexplained physical injuries and/or self-harm
- Feeling sad or hopeless
- Talking about suicide
- Defying authority, both at home and school
- Acting aggressively (verbally or physically)
- Needing money without a good explanation
- Declining grades
How Does My Child Become Involved in the SAP Program
Anyone can refer a child to the Martin Meylin Student Assistance team. Some students are referred by teachers or other school personnel. A friend or family member can also let the team know that they are worried about someone. The child can even go directly to the 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 Student Assistance 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 Martin Meylin Student Assistance team member will contact you regarding your child’s referral to the program; however the source of the referral is ALWAYS kept confidential. Before a SAP team member talks to your child, you will be asked to sign a permission form. The 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 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 team members below:
The SAP team information is completely confidential and the team will respect you and your child's privacy at all times.
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) can help children experiencing barriers to learning.