Congratulations to the 2017 Recipients of the
Annual PASAP Awards
Your work has made a Difference in the Lives of Pennsylvania Children
Distinguished SAP Team of the Year Award
Lafayette Elementary SAP Team
School District of Lancaster, Lancaster, PA
The School District of Lancaster is a district of nearly 12,000 students with 38 languages spoken as well as a variety of dialects and about 5% of our students are refugees, while one hundred percent of our students receive free breakfasts and lunches. Lafayette Elementary is one of the larger of the twelve elementary schools with 535 students. The Lafayette SAP Team has had consistently strong implementation for the last five years. We use innovative methods to look at the whole student and work to merge processes with PBIS, Olweus and Child Study Teams for effectiveness and efficiency.
In addition to traditional case management roles, team members have attended parent funerals, bought food for families, bought coats for students, completed home visits, and used their time to mentor students one on one. All of this is done quietly and without fanfare. They simply do what is right for students and families at all times. Lafayette is in a high need urban area and I believe this team deserves some recognition and celebration for going above and beyond to meet the needs of our families and for helping to remove the barriers to education caused by behavioral health concerns.
The team has contributed to both individual families, students and the school community as a whole by doing small random acts of kindness that contribute to a positive climate for all. This summer our school community together created a mural. This adds to the garden that we have where students and staff work together. Several members of the team have served on SAP for the last 5 years as well as participating on other committees. They model the highest level of integrity, confidentiality and above all else kindness towards others without expecting anything in return. The team works collaboratively with District personnel and community resources such as T.W. Ponessa and Philhaven to ensure that students needs are being met.