Student Assistance Program


Are you worried about your child?
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) can help!

What is SAP?
A SAP team made up of school and agency staff is available to help you access school and community services for your child. In Pennsylvania, every school district is required to have a plan for identifying and assisting students who experience barriers to learning.

The SAP team will help you find services and assistance with the school, and if needed, in the community. We do not diagnose, treat or refer your child for treatment. We will provide you with information so you can make the choice(s) that fit your needs and wishes. As the parent/guardian, you are an important part of the team. 

Is your child showing any of these behaviors?
- Withdrawing from family, friends and/or activities
- Changing friends
Unexplained physical injuries
- Feeling sad
- Talking about suicide
- Defying authority – both at home and at school
- Acting aggressively
- Hitting
- Lying
- Needing money without a good explanation
- Declining grades
- Experimenting with alcohol or drugs
Back-talking staff

Are you concerned about your child's reaction to:
- Recent death of a loved one
- Divorce of parents
- Family relocation
- A relationship problem
- Bullying
- Another traumatic event

How can my child become involved in the SAP?
Anyone can refer a child to the SAP team. Some students are referred by teachers or other school personnel. A friend or family member can also let the SAP team know that they are worried about someone. The child can even go directly to the SAP team to ask for help. The school will gather information to determine how a student is doing in their classes. However, the SAP team will not proceed without the written permission from a parent/guardian. Once permission is received, the SAP team will work with you to develop a plan of action to help your child achieve success in school. Participation in the program is voluntary.

What if someone refers my child to SAP?
A SAP team member will contact you regarding your child’s referral to the program. Before the member talks with your child, you will be asked to sign a permission form. The SAP team will work with you and your student throughout the process. As a parent, your knowledge and thoughts about your child will be helpful in developing a plan of action. If you need more information before making a decision about SAP, please feel free to talk with a SAP team member. Please note that the SAP information is completely confidential, and the team will respect you and your child’s privacy at all times. 

How do I contact the York Academy SAP team?
Have questions about SAP or feel that you child may need help? Please email the appropriate individual(s) below. You may also reach them at the Lower School at (717) 801-3900 or the Upper School at (717) 900-5001.

Lower School SAP Contacts:
Maia D'Angelo, School Counselor (Grades K-3)
Aislinn Cunningham, Student Services Coordinator/School Counselor (Grades 4-6)

Upper School SAP Contacts:
Kimberly Bonderowitz, School Counselor (Grades 7 & 8)
Tiana Reid, School Counselor (Grades 9-12)