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Student Assistance Program

Red Lion Area Senior High School
Student Assistance Program

PAWS (Personnel Assisting with Students) is Red Lion Area Senior High School 's Student Assistance Program. The Student Assistance Program ( SAP ) is a statewide program designed to help schools identify students who are experiencing behavioral and/or academic difficulties which pose a barrier to learning success. Not only does SAP strive to help students succeed in their classes, remain in school, and achieve their post-secondary goals, SAP also offers support to students and their families by assisting them to access school and community resources and services.

The PAWS team is comprised of specially-trained educators (teachers, guidance counselors, nurses, instructional assistants, administrators) and other professionals who work together with community agencies to identify students who are at-risk, conduct a formal assessment of the students' needs, if applicable, and respond with coordinated school and community-based resources.

Referring a student…
If you know a child who is having trouble in or out of school, PAWS can help. Do you know a child who is showing any of these behaviors?
  • Withdrawing from family, friends and/or school
  • Talking about suicide
  • Defying authority, both at home and at school
  • Depressed
  • Experimenting with drugs or alcohol
  • Acting aggressively
  • Needing money without an explanation
  • Lying
  • Unexplained physical injuries
  • Sudden drop in grades
  • Changing friends; no longer spending time with old friends
PAWS can also be a resource for students who are having difficulty coping with traumatic events such as:
  • Recent death of a loved one
  • Divorce of parents
  • Separation from a parent serving in the military
  • Family relocation
How the SAP process works…
Anyone can refer a student to the PAWS team by completing a SAP referral form (available in the Guidance Office). Some students are referred by teachers and other school personnel. Any school staff member, student's friend or family member can let the PAWS team know that they are worried about someone. The students themselves can even go directly to the PAWS team to ask for help.

The PAWS team gathers information about the student from teachers and parents and then develops a plan of action to help the student achieve success in school, which might include services and activities in school and/or services from a community agency. If it appears warranted, the PAWS team will seek parent permission for the student to speak with a counselor from a community agency. The PAWS team does not diagnose nor treat the students who are referred. Rather, the team provides the family with information and choices to aid in student success. The PAWS team will remain in contact with the community agency counselor and the parent in order to support the student. Student and family confidentiality are respected throughout the student assistance process.

The PAWS team members are:

Mrs. Mary Smith
Mr. Bill Rickard
Mr. Kyle Masser
Mr. Scott Morrow
Mrs. Pamela Scott
Mr. Ryan McCleary
Dr. Jodi Stauffer
Mrs. Lottie Smith
Mrs. Sherri Taylor
Mrs. Kathy Miller
Mrs. Jennifer Rebert
Mrs. Nicole Persing
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