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Student Assistance Program (SAP)

Karns City High School: Student Assistance Program

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Karns City Area School District Student Assistance Program

What is SAP?

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a way to identify and help students who are experiencing behavior and/or academic difficulties, having school related problems because of alcohol and drug use or are at risk of suicide or other mental health problems.  All pose a barrier to their learning and success in school.  SAP offers support to those students and their families.  SAP is an intervention program not a treatment process.

Who is part of the SAP team?

The core of the Student Assistance Program is a team of school employees who have received specialized training from approved SAP Training Providers.  The team includes:

  • Mrs. Brenda Knoll -- High School Principal
  • Dr. Michael Stimac -- High School Principal
  • Mr. John Burnett -- Health & Physical Education
  • Mr. John Bowser -- School Counselor
  • Allyson Riley, School Counselor
  • April Christy, School Counselor
  • Mrs. Kelly Hilliard -- School Nurse
  • Dr. Josh Williams -- High School Math. Athletics
  • Jenna Kahle -- SAP Liaison, Center for Community Resources

Who Can Refer Students?

Teachers -- School Counseling Staff -- SAP Team Member -- Peers -- Self -- Parents -- Coaches -- Administration -- Paraprofessionals

How To Access Services?

Contact your School Counselor, Core Team Member, School Nurse or Administrator.

What is the Process?

  1. Identification of at-risk students
  2. Referral to SAP team
  3. Parent contact / consent
  4. SAP student screening
  5. Intervention / parental involvement
  6. Resource referral / follow-up

Services Available

  • CORE counseling
  • Drug/Alcohol assessment
  • Mental health assessment
  • Individual student advocacy
  • Conflict resolution / management
  • Grief / loss support
  • Peer leadership activities
  • Goal setting
  • Peer mentoring / tutoring
  • Team / trust building activities
  • Anger management
  • New building / new school
  • Peer resistance
  • Safety networking
  • Eating disorder education

The Karns City Area School District supports the Student Assistance Program because:

  • Schools are the only institutions through which all young people must pass.
  • Schools have the unique opportunity to identify and help those individuals whose lives are being negatively affected by some type of at-risk behavior.
  • The primary responsibility of the school district is to educate students.
  • A student who is under the influence of mind altering substances cannot learn effectively.
  • A student who is depressed and feels hopeless cannot learn.
  • A student who disrupts the school climate, cannot learn and because of this disruption, the teacher may not be able to teach as effectively.
  • The program tries at all times to form a respectful family/school partnership, while working together to encourage and support student success.