Desert Sands's Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does S.A.P. mean?

A: Student Assistance Program. In 1983 when the Board of Education requested the program, it started with a focus on alcohol and other drug prevention and early intervention only, it was called the Chemical Awareness Network or C.A.N. Many staff and long-time community partners still call it C.A.N. even though support is offered for any barrier to learning.

Q: Where is S.A.P. located?

A: S.A.P. centralized office is located at the District Education Center where services can be accessed by all students and staff in every school. Although we are at the District Office, we are as close as a phone call or e-mail away.

Q: Who is Student Assistance Program for?

A: Student Assistance Program is designed to help support all who work in the Educational process. We want to make schools a safer place by working one-on-one with students and their families. We also support School Administrators, Teachers, and anyone who wants to help students make it through school safely and successfully.

Q: What can S.A.P. do to support me as a Teacher/Staff Member?

A: S.A.P. exists to support you in serving our students and families. If you need assistance with regard to any student concern, your site counselor can be the first point of contact or you can contact district S.A.P. directly.

Q: How do I refer a student to S.A.P. ?

A: Contact the school site counselor to discuss the counseling needs for the student. The site counselor will determine the need for either small group counseling, individual counseling or a referral to an outside support agency.

Some common concerns that Teachers/Staff refer to Student Assistance Program:

You can refer the following concerns or behaviors to the S.A.P. CONFIDENTIALLY.

  • Stress Reduction
  • Students with a high level of anger or involvement in violence
  • Students you feel may be being picked on or "bullied"
  • Students with poor grades or whose grades suddenly drop
  • Students that are having difficulties that you just can't help enough
  • Students who seem very worried, sad, or depressed
  • Students with difficult questions or needs that you don't feel you can assist
  • Students with possible substance abuse issues (including addictive families)
  • Anything else that concerns you
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