John Glenn School Corporation
Administrative Guidelines
 

5531 - STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

As indicated in School Board Policy 5531, the Corporation is committed to providing students assistance in dealing with problems they encounter that affect their daily lives and impact negatively on their willingness and/or ability to learn.

In order to ensure that assistance programs are properly planned and operate effectively, a committee to be known as the SAP Steering Committee will be established under the chairmanship of the school counselor.

Criteria for Program Planning and Evaluation

The following criteria should be used in developing a plan for any SAP and for evaluating its effectiveness.

 A.Purpose of a SAP
  The assistance program focuses on a problem area(s) that is within the framework established by the SAP Steering Committee.

 B.A SAP Plan

  1.utilizes the planning strategy described in AG 2252 and includes proper provision for:

   a.selection of participating staff members which reflects representation of all needed areas of expertise and student/school populations;

   b.clear, accurate description of each role and for the proper training of SAP members for each essential role;

   c.methods for identification and referral of students who need the type of assistance to be provided;

   d.procedures for proper assessment and diagnosis of student needs and for decision-making on intervention;

   e.intervention programs and/or activities, which, if implemented properly, can accomplish the purpose for which the SAP has been established;

   f.identification of necessary resources that do not exceed budgetary restraints;

   g.procedures which will ensure confidentiality of records (see AG 8330) and protection of parent/student rights (see AG 2411);

   h.communications with the SAP Steering Committee, other SAPs, and related outside organizations;

  2.provides a means for the SAP team to monitor its operating effectiveness and evaluate its results vis-a-vis its purpose.

 C.Composition of a SAP Team

  1.team leader(s) with the authority and ability to make decisions within the context of the approved program

  2.leaders or co-leaders who assume both the organizational and the process leadership roles

  3.clinical specialists representing areas of expertise related to SAP purpose

  4.teachers representing the same levels as those of the students to be assisted

  5.noncorporation members who can serve as resource persons to the team

 D.Training of a SAP Team

  1.provides for a series of training sessions conducted at regular intervals on topics directly related to achieving the SAP purpose

  2.conducted by resource people who can properly demonstrate the knowledge and model the behaviors expected of those being trained

  3.provides activities whereby participants can:

   a.practice and obtain feedback on the intervention practices contained in the SAP plan

   b.increase their understanding of the nature of the problems being experienced by the students

   c.improve their ability to recognize students who may be experiencing a problem requiring a SAP

 E.Program Elements
  Identification of "At-Risk" Students

  1.identification criteria clearly defined

  2.identification methodologies selected and justified

  3.identification procedures specified

 F.Internal Referral and Intervention

  1.Needed resource people and criteria for internal referral are clear, complete, and justified.

  2.Referral procedures to internal resource people are clear and complete.

  3.Internal resource people are identified based on their knowledge and skill in providing needed follow-up and/or support to the students and/or to staff members who work directly with the students in their educational program.

  4.Procedures are established to assist students in maintaining achievement of desired behaviors and attitudes while they continue to improve in those areas where expectations are not yet being realized.

  5.Review sessions are scheduled with SAP team members to assess outcomes, discuss problems, modify plans, and provide support.

 G.External Liaison
  Procedures are both adequate and appropriate for providing liaison between students participating in outside programs and the external resource people providing the programs.

 H.Student Support Groups

  1.Parents are to provide written, informed consent prior to student participation.

  2.Activities to build or refine skill in coping or in personal problem-solving are to be conducted by personnel with appropriate licenses or credentials.