Peters
Township
School District
264 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: 724.941.6250
Fax: 724.942.0915
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Student Assistance Program (SAP)
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a service designed to help students who are having difficulty experiencing success in school. Students may be referred to SAP by parents, teachers, administrators, or other students.  
 
Situations such as grief or loss, divorce, addictions, and stress/anxiety can contribute to this lack of success. A drop in grades, irregular attendance, difficulty in interpersonal relationships, chronic disciplinary problems, etc., may indicate a need for the type of help that the SAP team will provide.
 
SAP consists of teams made up of teachers, counselors, principals, and a nurse. The teams meet regularly to develop interventions to assist the student. Discussions are kept in confidence. Once a plan is organized, a member of the team meets with the student and his/her family. Suggestions are made to help resolve the problem and thus open the way to a more successful social and academic life at school.
 
 
Every member of the team is trained in the Student Assistance Model. For more information: http://pnsas.org/
 
 If you would like to make a confidential referral, please fill out the SAP Referral Form and return it to a trusted faculty member and/or a member of the SAP team.  
Crisis Hotline
Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services (SPHS) provides a Crisis Telephone Service: Immediate response to callers on a 24/7 basis. The professional staff assists callers by offering assessment, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, crisis resolution and referral to a vast array of local agencies and support groups. All referrals for Crisis Intervention Services come through the Crisis Telephone Service by calling 1-877-225-3567. The crisis telephone staff will determine priority and initial referral to the appropriate level of crisis services. 
 
Walk-in Crisis services are available 7 days/wk, 24 hours/day at the following location:
852B Henderson Ave.
Washington, PA
 
Walk-in Crisis services are also available M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at the following locations:
75 East Maiden Street                  &                  250 Chamber Plaza
Washington, PA                                                  Charleroi, PA
The Caring Place
Peer Support Groups for Students
In response to a need expressed by many teachers and school administrators, in 2014 the Caring Place launched its newest initiative — peer support groups for grieving students held right in their own schools. The program provides a safe environment in which participants are with peers who are also grieving and where they are able to express their feelings related to the death and to share memories of the person who died. 
 
Through this process, the children learn they are not alone, they become familiar with peers in their school who understand what they are going through so they can go to them for support if needed, and they learn healthy coping mechanisms. The program was developed to address non-complicated grief of children and teens in elementary, middle and high schools within the school setting. Designed as a training model, Caring Place staff initially facilitate the group while teaching designated school personnel how to run the program themselves as the need for future groups arises in their school.
 
Did You Know?
A recent study conducted jointly by the American Federation of Teachers and the New York Life Foundation (2012) indicated that classroom teachers surveyed reported that students who have lost a parent or guardian typically exhibit:
  • Difficulty concentrating in class (observed by 87 percent of teachers)
  • Withdrawal/disengagement and less class participation (82 percent of teachers)
  • Absenteeism (72 percent of teachers)
  • Decrease in quality of work (68 percent of teachers)
  • Less reliability in turning in assignments (66 percent of teachers)
 
Which students can benefit from the program? Students who:
  • Have had a family member or friend die at any point of time in their lives
  • Have been identified by a designated staff person at their school as appropriate for a school-based group
  • Are not suffering from untreated symptoms of trauma related to the death
  • Can function appropriately in a peer support group
  • Have been given permission by their parent/guardian to participate in the group
 
For more information on school based peer groups or Caring Place, please contact Jeff Sudol or Vicky Cunningham at 724-941-6250 ext. 5518 or 5213.
National Prevention Suicide Lifeline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and cofidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
 
Call:  1-800-273-8255
 
 
 
School Board Policy
Peters
Township
School District
PT High School
264 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: 724.941.6250
Fax: 724.942.0915
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