Help Is Just Down The Hall
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
- Mrs. Kelly Hilliard -- School Nurse
- Mrs. Lindsay Loheyde -- School Counselor
- Dr. Josh Williams -- High School Math. Athletics
- Mr. Tracy Futcher -- School Police
- Mrs. Lena Southworth -- 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?
- Identification of at-risk students
- Referral to SAP team
- Parent contact / consent
- SAP student screening
- Intervention / parental involvement
- Resource referral / follow-up
- 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.