• Student Assistance Program (SAP)

    Are You Worried About Your Child?  The Student Assistance Program Can Help!  Learn how the Student Assistance Program (SAP) at Burgettstown Middle/High School can assist you if you are worried about changes you have been noticing in your son or daughter. 


    What is the Student Assistance Program?

    In Pennsylvania, every middle and high school and some elementary schools have a Student Assistance Program (SAP).  A SAP team, made up of school and community agency staff, is here to help you access school and community services.


    Do You See Your Child Showing Any of These Behaviors?
    • Withdrawing from family, friends, and/or school
    • Changing friends; no longer spends time with old friends
    • Unexplained physical injuries
    • Talking about suicide
    • Depressed
    • Defying authority, both at home and at school
    • Acting aggressively
    • Lying
    • Needing money without an explanation
    • Sudden drop in grades
    • Experimenting with drugs or alcohol
    Are You Concerned About Your Child's Reaction To:
    • Recent death of a loved one
    • Divorce of parents
    • Family relocation
    • A relationship problem
    • Other traumatic event
    If your child is having trouble in or out of school, we can help you.  There are many times when you just don't know how to help your child.  That's okay; someone else may know how to help. 
    How Does My Child Become Involved in the Program?
    Burgettstown's SAP team will help you find services and assistance within the school and, if needed, in the community.  We do not diagnose, treat, or refer your child for treatment.  Rather, we will provide you with information: you make the choices.  Remember, you are a part of our team.  Our goal is to help your child succeed in school. 
    Students come to the SAP team in different ways.  Anyone can refer a student to the Student Assistance Program.  Some students are referred by teachers and other school personnel.  Any school staff member, a student's friend, or family member can let the SAP team know that they are worried about someone.  The students themselves can even go directly to the SAP team and ask for help.  However, the SAP team will not become involved unless we receive your permission.
    If you would like to refer your child, please fill out the SAP Referral Form and return it to the High School.  You can drop it off in the main office or mail it to:
    Burgettstown Middle/High School
    Attn:  SAP Team
    104 Bavington Road
    Burgettstown, PA  15021
    How Do I Contact the Burgettstown Middle/High School Student Assistance Program?
    If you feel that your child may need help, call 724-947-8100 and ask to speak with one of the following members of the SAP team.  You can also send an email to any team member.