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The Department of Education requires that all middle and high schools in the state of Pennsylvania provide support for students who may be considered high-risk through a student assistance program. The purpose of the Hempfield School District Student Assistance Program is to identify high-risk students who are having school problems due to alcohol or drug use, depression or other mental health problems.
The student assistance team is comprised of administrators, counselor(s), classroom teachers and school nurses.
Referrals can be made to the team by students, staff, parents, or community members as well as by self-referrals. After collecting and reviewing pertinent data, the team can then intervene and help the student by referring them to a guidance counselor, other school support services, and/or community agency assessor.
Although the primary responsibility of the school is to educate students, it is known that a student cannot learn if they are under the influence of mood-altering chemicals or if they are suffering from varying degrees of depression and suicidal thinking. Therefore, the School District has implemented the student assistance program.