Walter Johnson High School Student Assistance Program
What is Student Assistance?
The Student Assistance Program is a school based substance use and violence intervention program. Student Assistance is focused on prevention through intervention and is not aimed at collecting evidence for criminal prosecution.
What is the Goal of Student Assistance?
Most substance usage and/or violent behavior takes place off school grounds out of the jurisdiction of school officials, yet many other effects of this are reflected in students' performance in school. The goal of Student Assistance Program is to identify adolescents whose behavior, attendance, or grades indicate that they may have problems related to alcohol and/or other drug use or violence. Through the different steps that comprise the Student Assistance Program process, these at-risk adolescents are referred for a professional assessment and directed to appropriate services.
How does the Student Assistant Program Work?
Any individual (school staff member, parent, community member, or student) can tell the Student Assistance Program team about his/her concern for a student. Students may refer themselves. A "Concern Form" can be submitted below, into one of the concern boxes located in the health room, media center, counseling office, and student commons or to a counselor or administrator. The Student Assistant Program team leader collects the concerns and a data collection process begins. Information is studied to determine any possible indicators, such as a drop in grades, increase in absences, frequent visits to the nurse or behavior problems. If there are insufficient indicators of a problem, the matter is dropped and all information is destroyed. If, however, the data collected indicates the need for further assessment, the information is then shared with the student's parent(s) or guardian who are then encouraged to participate in the intervention process. Only the data collected is shared with the parent(s) or guardian.
Any information concerning who made the original referral is strictly confidential. A referral may be submitted without revealing the name of the concerned person. The Student Assistance Program team may be comprised of administrators, teachers, counselors, or other staff who may be in contact with students.
If you would like further information about the Student Assistance Program, you may contact your school counselor or administrator.
Student Assistance Confidential Concern Form
I am concerned about (student's name):
Reason for concern (Check all that apply):
Drop in academic performance
Increased absence from school
Destructive behavior against self or others
Signs of possible alcohol and other drug use
Change of friends
Depression, anxiety, frequent mood swings
Suicide (If this is an emergency, report to an adult or call 911 immediately!)
Your name (Optional)
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