Student Assistance Program

Goal

The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) is to make our large school feel smaller to your child.

MISSION

The primary mission of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) is to help students overcome barriers in order that they may achieve, remain in school, and advance. We want to help ensure that your child feels that someone in the school cares about them and that they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges.

For further information download our PHS In-School Services Brochure here or contact Mrs. Lori Fitch at (610)351-5600 Ext. 72108. Students may also stop by the SAP Room located in B108.

SAP Services

  • Referrals - Anyone can refer a student to SAP when they are concerned about someone’s behavior—any school staff, a student’s friend, a family member or community member.  The students themselves can even go directly to the SAP team to ask for help.  The SAP team contacts the parent for permission to proceed with the SAP process. Referral forms may be downloaded here. Simply fill out the form, print, and return it to B108, send an email attachment to Mrs. Lori Fitch. 
  • Parent/Guardian Consultation and ongoing monitoring with a member of the SAP team. This includes referring your child to both in-school and out-of-school services as deemed appropriate by the team.
  • The Mentor Program - SAP permission is required for this program. A mentor will periodically check in with your child and your child's team of school personnel to assess progress and provide support throughout the school year.
  • Educational Peer Support Groups - SAP permission required for this service. This provides a space for students who are dealing with similar concerns to come together and support each other along with providing strategies to the them move forward.
  • Mid-Atlantic Rehabilitation Services (MARS) Assessment - This is a confidential screening conducted by a member of MARS during school hours at Parkland High School. These recommendations will be shared with the SAP team. It will allow the SAP team to make appropriate referrals and necessary linkages to in-school and out-of-school supports for your child. Parents have the right to request to review the screening tool that will be used with their child and to have access of all information gathered pertaining to their child. For more information click here for a MARS Brochure.

Other In-School Services Offered

Parkland High School offers several in-school services to support our students.

  • Educational Seminars - The goal for this program is to bring students together with similar concerns, educate them on these concerns, and provide strategies to address these concerns.
  • Mindfulness Training - Mindfulness strategies are meant to ease anxiety, focus attention, calm, anger, etc. Your child will learn immediate strategies that they can begin to use in everyday life.
  • Check in for 3 for a New Me - This is a check in by a school counselor to ensure that your child is equipped with a proper mindset and strategies, so you child is able to follow school policy and avoid suspension again.
  • In-School for 4 and No More - If students receive four or more days of in-school, they will receive skills intervention by a staff member to prevent further in-school days.
  • Conflict Resolution Squad - This is a staff run initiative that aids students in addressing conflicts with peers.

Drug Test Kits

Do you suspect that your son or daughter may be using a substance? Parents can purchase eight-panel drug screenings for only $14 from the Student Assistance Program. Purchase this eight-panel drug screening anonymously-no questions asked by contacting Ms. Fitch, and you can test your child in the privacy of your own home–results within minutes. Test kit screens for Alcohol, Amphetamines, Benzodiazepine, Cocaine, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Morphine/Opiates, and OxyContin.

Eight-panel drug screenings may also be purchased anonymously from the Whitehall Police Department.

Interested parents of children attending the middle schools should contact the head of the school’s Student Assistance Program: Ms. Pany at Springhouse and Mr. Poremba at Orefield.