Student Assistance

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is designed to help students overcome barriers in order to achieve success, remain in school, and advance.

Four Phases to the Student Assistance Process

Referral – Anyone can refer a student to SAP when they are concerned about someone’s behavior; any school staff member, a student’s friend, a family member or community member. The students themselves can even go directly to a SAP team member to ask for help.

Team Planning – The SAP team gathers objective information about the student’s performance in school from all school personnel who have contact with the student. Together, the SAP team, parent(s) and student develop a plan that includes strategies for removing the learning barriers and promoting the student’s academic and personal success to include in-school and/or community-based services and activities.

Intervention and Recommendation – The plan is put into action. The team assists in linking the student to in-school and/or community-based services and activities. The team might recommend a drug and alcohol or mental health assessment.

Support and Follow Up – The SAP team continues to work with and support the student and their family. Follow-up includes monitoring, mentoring, and motivating for academic success.

Parental involvement ensures success of the SAP process!!


Staff, parents, or other students with an immediate concern for the physical and/or emotional well-being of a student can make a referral by contacting a school counselor or a school administrator. Referrals made by parents and students are anonymous. The names of referrers who do identify themselves are considered confidential.

SAP Team Members

Ronald Collins, Principal     
Chris Sload, Assistant Principal
Jamie McHugh, Assistant Principal of Athletics

School Nursing Staff
Collen Silva-McShaffery

School Counselors
Faith Nicosia
Brook Rosetti
Jeff West

School Social Worker    
Maripat O'Donnell

School Resource Officer     
Brian Layland    

Michele DelPrete
Rachel Galassi

Outside Agencies
Ed Cosgrove - SCC
Rory Stevens - LSW SAP Coordinator NEIU