The Student Assistance Program (S.A.P.) at Norwin School District is available in every building and is designed to provide various support services to meet students' social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs. The goals of the S.A.P. Program are to facilitate collaboration between home and school and provide interventions to help students overcome barriers to learning. The program is voluntary and parents/guardians are notified and provided with approval forms that must be submitted prior to a student participating in the program.
The Student Assistant Program is comprised of trained school professionals (guidance counselors, teachers, and administrators) who may receive referrals from parents, teachers, students, and other school staff. This team works closely with outside agencies and other counseling and referral services. A list of team members is available in the guidance office of each school.
STEP I - Students are referred to S.A.P. by:
- School Administrator
- Other School Personnel (Guidance, Counselor, Nurse, etc.)
- Fellow Students
STEP II - All referrals to the S.A.P. are reviewed by the core team, and a formal information gathering process begins. Data is collected from various sources such as:
- Student Records (academic, school attendance)
- Teachers (classroom behavior)
- Guidance Counselors (special areas of concern
- School nurse
- Other School Personnel
STEP III - Based on information gathered, a determination is made by the core team as to the seriousness of the problem and the level of intervention that is needed. When an in-school screening has been indicated, one is set up with the S.A.P. liaison. Throughout the S.A.P. process, family and core team work together to develop the plan.STEP IV - The core team and/or liaison then assists the student and the parents/family in developing an action plan. The action plan may consist of:
- In-school support services and/or
- Further evaluation by the mental health system, drug and alcohol system or both to determine the most appropriate level of care needed and/or other professional services outside the school settingSTEP V - The core team monitors the progress of the student to determine the extent to which the identified problems are being resolved through the action plan. If necessary, changes will be made to the action plan.