Student Assistance Program (SAP)

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The Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a systematic team process used to mobilize school resources to remove barriers to learning. SAP is designed to assist in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success. 

Anyone can make a SAP referral that is concerned about a student (self, peers, friends, parents, relatives, neighbors, any staff members or community members).
The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program is to help students overcome these barriers so that they may achieve, advance, and remain in school. SAP is designed to assist in identifying issues and responding to concerns including, but not limited to:

Academic performance


Drugs and alcohol

Externalizing behaviors

Internalizing behaviors

Mental health concerns

Physical health 

Peer and family relationships 

Emotional wellness

SAP Referral QR Code - Scan below for referral

This is a QR code which will direct you to the SAP form.

Link to SAP Referral - Fill out google forms to make a referral

The SAP team will collect and analyze student behavioral data and determine if the student would benefit from the Student Assistance Program (SAP). If the team determines that SAP might benefit the student, then the 5 step-process begins:

1. Contact home is made by a SAP Team member.
2. Parent permission requested by a SAP Team member to move forward in the process.
Parent permission obtained
SAP Mental Health Liaison meets with the student a few times at school.
SAP Mental Health Liaison contacts parents/guardians and the SAP team to share recommendations for services.

Website link: pnsas
What is SAP and How Can They Help?

KD SAP Team Members

Tracy Wagner Adams (School Counselor) - Team Leader

Jodi Smith (Secondary Social Services Coordinator) - Record Keeper

Laura Gilkey (Health/PE Teacher) - Secretary

Angela Lakin (School Psychologist)

Stephanie Hurley (School Counselor)

Jackie Randall (School Counselor)

Julie Beaver (School Nurse)

Todd Mulder (Assistant Principal)

Dr. Peter Fernandez (Assistant Principal of Learning)

Dr. Chad Brindle (Principal)