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Elementary Student Assistance Program

What is E-SAP?

All school districts in Pennsylvania are required to establish and maintain Student Assistance Programs (SAP) to provide appropriate counseling and support services for students who experience difficulties in school. The ESAP program at Central Cambria Elementary Schools is called E-SAP.  The E-SAP team is comprised of school and community agency personnel who meet to discuss students who are experiencing behavior or academic problems at school. The team identifies resources within the school and community to get students help with various issues.

This team has been trained in a systematic process to identify and refer students who are having difficulties in or out of school. Team members take referrals from teachers, students, and family members who have concerns about a student’s grades, appearance, or behavior that might indicate a problem. Parents will be contacted if the team feels action is necessary. As the parent/guardian, you will be involved in the decision-making process to access appropriate services. The information gathered for E-SAP is kept confidential and is used solely for the purpose of helping the student.

Who is on the E-SAP team?

JES: Maribeth Dorsch, Heather Niebauer, Jolene Dugan, Brenda McDevitt, Casidy Foust, Wendy Mikolich

CES: Amy Muldoon, Heather Niebauer, John Strittmatter, Olivia Ludwig, Jamie Mazzarella, Becky Brown, Lauren Bodenschatz, Wendy Mikolich

Cambria County MH/MR: Ray Peterman

How do I refer a student?

Students are referred to the E-SAP team by teachers, other school personnel, the student's friend, student’s family member, and/or by the student him/herself. If a student presents with problems that are felt to be affecting the students social, behavioral or academic success or are unhealthy, you can refer him/her to the E-SAP team by completing the referral form and giving it to any of the E-SAP team members.

What happens after I make a referral?

Once a referral is received, someone from the E-SAP team will meet with the student to discuss any concerns (The referral source will not be disclosed.). You may be asked to complete a behavioral checklist regarding the referred student. If there is enough information provided to proceed with the process, E-SAP information will be sent to the parent(s)/guardian(s) for their permission to continue with the process.