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Student Assistance Program (S.A.P.)

What is SAP?

SAP is a Student Assistance Program. It is a school based program at Greater Johnstown School District comprised of school and agency staff.  The purpose of the program is to identify and assist students who are experiencing barriers to learning.



The SAP team will work with parents/guardians to help find services and assistance within the school, or if needed, in the community for our students.  The SAP team does not diagnose, treat, or refer your child for treatment. Instead, they will provide you with the information and you make the choice(s) that best fit your needs and wishes.



What behaviors may cause barriers to learning?

  •      Withdrawing from family, friends, and/or activities
  •      Changing friends
  •      Unexplained physical injuries
  •      Feeling sad
  •      Talking about suicide
  •      Defying authority, both home and school
  •      Acting aggressively
  •      Hitting
  •      Lying
  •      Needing money without good explanation
  •      Declining grades
  •      Experimenting with alcohol and/or drugs
  •      Back talking staff



Are you concerned about?

  •      Recent death
  •      Divorce of parents
  •      Family relocation
  •      A relationship problem
  •      Bullying
  •      Other traumatic event



How can my child become part of SAP?

Anyone can refer a child to the SAP team. Some students are referred by teachers or other school personnel.  A friend or family member can also let the SAP team know that they are worried about someone.  The child can even go directly to the SAP team to ask for help. Schools will gather information to determine how a student is doing in their classes. However, the SAP team will not proceed unless you give your written parent permission. Once permission is received, the SAP team will work with you to develop a plan of action to help your child achieve success in school. Participation in the program is voluntary.




What occurs after my child has been referred to SAP?

After a referral a SAP team member will contact you regarding your child’s referral to the program. Before a SAP team member talks to your child, you will be asked to sign a permission form. The SAP team will work with you and your child throughout the process. As a parent, your knowledge and thoughts about your child will be helpful in developing a plan of action. If you need more information before making a decision about SAP, please feel free to talk to a SAP team member.



How do I contact the SAP Team?

If you have any questions about SAP or you feel that your child may need help, call your child’s school and ask to speak with any of the following team members:

  • Mrs. Melana Simms (SAP Coordinator)
  • Mr. Frank Frontino - Administration
  • Mrs. Kim Moore - Administration
  • Nurse - Ms. Jessica Steiner 
  • Kindergarten - Mrs. Jessica McGowan 
  • First Grade - Mr. Jack Bassett 
  • Second Grade - Ms. Jean Kirkstadt 
  • Third Grade - Ms. Tabatha Plummer 
  • Fourth Grade - Mr. Chris Rokita 
  • Fifth Grade - Mrs. Gini Gray