Elementary Student Assistance Program
- What is E.S.A.P?
The Elementary Student Assistance (E.S.A.P) is a program mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This district is devoted to the academic,physical and emotional well-being of our students, and because of that we developed our Elementary Student Assistance Program. It is our endeavor to provide any assistance we can to ensure that our students get a sound foundation for life.
- Reasons for a Referral
Sometimes we forget how difficult elementary school can be. These students are faced with brand new people and experiences for the first time in their young lives. Often, the little things in life can be overwhelming to a small child. Our E.S.A.P. team can help students deal with many challenges such as:
Stress,Peer Pressure, Depression, Grief, Separation, Relationships, Drug/Alcohol Use, Custody Issues, Victims of Sexual/Physical Abuse
- Warning Signs
- Who Can Make a Referral?
- Special Services
In addition to the specially–trained school personnel, local agencies also provide professionals who can be team members. Personnel from Mental Health,Children and Youth Services, the Drug and Alcohol Commission and Probation advise the team to ensure that the student is getting the best services available. These agencies help us to provide services such as those listed below:
Crisis Services, Referrals to Outside Agencies, Special-topic Groups (grief, divorce,etc.), Mental Health, Counseling, Drug and Alcohol Assessments,Prevention/Education Groups and Counseling
- The E.S.A.P Process
Team Planning: The SAP team gathers objective information about the student’s performance in school from all school personnel who have contact with the student as well as from the parent/guardian. The team meets with the parent to discuss data collected and also meets with the student. Together, a plan is developed that includes strategies for removing the learning barriers and promoting the student’s academic and personal success to include in-school and/or community-based services and activities.Intervention and Recommendations: The plan is put into action. The team assists in linking the student to in-school and/or community-based services and activities. The team might recommend a drug and alcohol or mental health assessment.
Pennsylvania State Student Assistance Program Site: