Guidance SAP (Student Assistance Program)
SAP (Student Assistance Program) is a state-supported program aimed at helping students, teachers, staff members, and parents address concerns regarding students who are believed to be experiencing barriers to learning. Vital to this process is identifying these barriers which may include substance abuse, behavioral health, tobacco use, eating disorders, grief and loss, divorce in the family, youth depression/suicide, crisis management, and character development.
The Souderton Area School District has instituted SAP teams district wide consisting of professional staff who have received specialized training in identification and referral of "at-risk" students. SAP teams seek to promote healthy, safe, and substance-free lifestyles by connecting these students and their families with appropriate school-based or community resources. Parental consent and active participation are both very necessary for the SAP process to be effective.