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  • Sunday, March 13, 2016 10:13 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    Saying the “F-word” during class used to mean an automatic out-of-school suspension for students in Woodland Hills. Not anymore.
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 13, 2016
    Full story

  • Wednesday, January 06, 2016 4:16 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    The drug kratom is being used by some people as an alternative to heroin and other illegal drugs even though it, too, can be addictive, The New York Times reports.

    Kratom is increasingly popular and easily available, the article notes. Some people using kratom go back to using heroin, which is stronger and less expensive. Powdered forms of kratom, which come from a leaf found in Southeast Asia, are sold in head shops, gas station convenience stores and online.

    The drug is categorized as a botanic dietary supplement. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot restrict the sale of kratom unless it is proved unsafe, or manufacturers claim it treats a medical condition. The FDA banned the import of kratom into the United States in 2014.

    Kratom is not controlled under the Federal Controlled Substances Act. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has listed kratom as a “drug and chemical of concern,” and notes on its website that there is no legitimate medical use for kratom in the United States.

    According to the DEA, at low doses, kratom produces stimulant effects with users reporting increased alertness, physical energy, and talkativeness. At high doses, users experience sedative effects.

    Indiana, Tennessee, Vermont and Wyoming have banned kratom. The Army has forbidden its use by soldiers, according to the newspaper.

    “It’s a fascinating drug, but we need to know a lot more about it,” said Dr. Edward W. Boyer, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, who has studied kratom. “Recreationally or to self-treat opioid dependence, beware — potentially you’re at just as much risk” as with an opiate, he said.

    Kratom bars have opened in South Florida, as well as Colorado, New York and North Carolina. The bars sell brewed varieties of kratom, in plastic bottles that look like fruit juice.

  • Wednesday, December 09, 2015 8:15 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    The article below is a repost from the Center for Safe Schools website in honor of Don Smith.  Don was a good friend of PASAP and SAP in Pennsylvania.  He presented at our conference several times.  He will greatly missed.

    December 8, 2015 – It is with great sadness that the Center for Safe Schools announces that emergency planning and response management coordinator, Donald W. Smith, Jr., passed away Friday following a five-year battle with cancer.

    Don was a charismatic and compassionate professional who devoted his career and life to keeping communities and schools safe.

    The professional relationship and personal friendship we had with Don have been a source of enrichment and enjoyment to all of us. Don was held in the highest regard by his Center colleagues and by many others with whom he worked in school safety, law enforcement and emergency response.

    Center staff will remember Don for his energy, optimism, enthusiasm, good humor and tireless efforts. He will be dearly missed.

    Obituary 

  • Tuesday, December 08, 2015 3:13 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    December 7, 2015

    Dear SAP Colleague

    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program (SAP) is administered by the PA Department of Education’s Safe Schools Office in partnership with the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs’ Division of Prevention and Intervention, and the PA Department of Human Services’ Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.  SAP is designed to assist school personnel in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success.

    Each year the PA Network for Student Assistance Services (PNSAS) updates their statewide contact lists.  We would appreciate your assistance in obtaining information from your building.  Please click on the link below under the attachments section to access the form listed.  Complete and email it to your PA Network for Student Assistance Services Regional Coordinator (view PNSAS map here for email address) by January 15, 2015.

    A new resource now available is “SAP Frequently Asked Questions and Best Practice Responses”, located on the SAP website www.pnsas.org.  This document is helpful for teams to review and enhance their understanding of issues related to implementing the Student Assistance Program.  Also, monthly SAP County Coordination Updates can be found on the SAP website under the “About SAP” tab.

    Please contact your PNSAS Regional Coordinator.  Thank you for your dedication to SAP and we hope the rest of your school year is successful.

    Sincerely,

    PA Network for Student Assistance Staff

    Attachments
    http://pnsas.org/Portals/1/Uploaded Files/Final Student Assistance Core Team Information 12-4-15.docx

    Note: If document does not download by clicking the link, copy and paste the link text in browser bar .

  • Tuesday, December 01, 2015 12:13 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    PNSAS is pleased to announce the newly revised “Student Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions and Best Practice Responses” for December 2015.  This resource addresses common issues that surface related to the Commonwealth’s Student Assistance Program.  Whether you are new to SAP or a veteran team member, this tool is a “must read” for all!  Areas highlighted are related to: training, policy, records, laws, and parent involvement, to name a few.  This is an excellent resource to utilize when questions surface and answers differ, as well as regularly review to ensure team practices are aligned with the Pennsylvania SAP model.  Go here - give it a read, talk to your team, and as needed connect with your SAP regional coordinator.

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015 1:15 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    In anticipation of an approved state budget at Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the Safe Schools Office is planning to offer no-cost K-12 Student Assistance Program (SAP) training opportunities for your LEA this school year.  These funds are currently still pending based on finalization of the state budget.  As you know, SAP is a mandated K-12 program in Pennsylvania as per Chapter 12, 12.42 of the PA School Code and Act 211 of 1990 (24 P.S. 12.12.42-1547).

    The trainings need to be completed by June 8, 2016.  Substitute costs, meals, travel, etc. will not be funded. PDE will direct all training monies to the respective Commonwealth Approved Trainers (CAT’s) and not to the individual districts. Act 48 credits will be available for the K-12 SAP training.

    This year, K-12 SAP Team training for up to 4 new (additional, per district) SAP team members will be available, and any individual trained will receive the K-12 SAP certificate.  Since SAP is mandatory K-12, priority will be given to those districts interested in starting a new Elementary Student Assistance Teams.  Although every effort will be made to satisfy all districts’ training requests, it will be based on availability of funds and/or each CAT’s training schedule.  New Elementary Student Assistance team requests will be our first priority.

    Attached to this notice is a 2015-16 PDE Funded K-12 SAP Training Request Form that should be electronically submitted to your SAP Regional Coordinator no later than 4:00 p.m. November 16, 2015.  Only one request form per district will be accepted.

    Your SAP Regional Coordinators are:

    Joe Loccisano, Email: jloccisano@pa.gov<mailto:jloccisano@pa.gov>    Phone: 717-346-4253 Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties

    Russ Alves: E-mail: ralves@pa.gov<mailto:ralves@pa.gov>   Phone 717-783-6777 Franklin, Fulton, and Dauphin Counties

    Susan Billy, Email: susan_billy@iu13.org<mailto:billy@iu13.org>    Phone 717-606-1622 Adams, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York Counties

    Diane Best, Email: bestd@iu29.org<mailto:bestd@iu29.org>           Phone 570-544-9131 ex. 1255 Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, and Schuylkill Counties

    Region IV – Regina Myers, Email: sapcoordinator@iu19.org<mailto:sapcoordinator@iu19.org>    Phone 570-876-9308 Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Northhampton, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties

    Region V – Chris Mitcheltree, Email: cmitcheltree@csiu.org<mailto:cmitcheltree@csiu.org>    Phone 570-523-1155 ex. 2200 Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties

    Region VI – Patricia Johnson, Email: c‐pjohnson@pa.gov    Phone 570-907-0218 Clinton, Cumberland, Huntington, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder, and Union Counties

    Region VII – Deborah Strayer, Email: c‐dstrayer@pa.gov    Phone 814-312-7046 Blair, Bedford, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Jefferson, and Somerset Counties

    Renee Urick, Email: c‐rurick@pa.gov    Phone 724-938-3554 ex. 107 Allegheny, Washington, Greene, Fayette, Beaver, and Westmoreland Counties

    Marie Bozelli, Email: c‐mbozelli@pa.gov    Phone 724-284-9183 Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, and Venango Counties

    Beth Sprentz, Email: c‐bsprentz@pa.gov    Phone 814-726-9626 Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, and Warren Counties

    Attached is a list of participating Commonwealth Approved Training agencies (CATs) that your district must choose from for the PDE funded SAP training.

    Once your request form is submitted to your SAP Regional Coordinator, it will be reviewed by her/him, and during that process your district SAP contact person should direct initial questions to that Regional Coordinator regarding request status. Your Regional Coordinator will contact your district to let them know the status of the funding request. 

    /resources/Documents/2015-16%20SAP%20Training%20Request%20Form.docx

    /resources/Documents/15-16%20Letter%20to%20Superintendents%20K-12%20training%201-9-15.docx

    /resources/Documents/PNSAS%20Map.pdf

    /resources/Documents/K-12%20%20SAP%20Participating%20Trainers%20list%2010-9-15.docx

     

     

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015 4:29 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    If you have not already done so, please register now for the 2015 Safe Schools Conference, "Keeping Our Children Safe: Strategies for Schools and Communities." This year's conference will be held at the Hilton Harrisburg located in Harrisburg, PA. on October 29-30, 2015.

    This conference is presented by the Center for Safe Schools and the Highmark Foundation in partnership with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Pennsylvania State Police and Mid-Atlantic Equity Center.

    In addition to half-day institutes and workshops on a variety of school safety and youth violence prevention topics, two keynote speakers will be featured:

    On Thursday, a keynote session titled, "School Climate 2.0 " by Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D. will be featured.  Dr. Hinduja is co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, and a professor of criminology and criminal justice, Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, FL. 

    On Friday, a keynote session titled, "Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools" by Tyrone Howard, Ph.D. will be featured.  Dr. Howard is faculty director, Division of Urban Schooling, the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the director of the Black Male Institute, Los Angeles, CA.

    Additional information and online registration is available at:

    http://www.safeschools.info/professional-development/2015-safe-schools-conference 

    REGISTRATION FEE

    The regular registration fee of $175/per person will be charged for this high quality, two-day training event through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. Any registration received thereafter will be charged the late/onsite registration rate of $275/per person.

    QUESTIONS

    Center for Safe Schools
    (717) 763-1661 x164
    safeschools@csc.csiu.org

     

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015 4:27 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    Camp Hill School District has a Long Term Substitute Elementary Counselor position available from approximately November 15, 2015 to March 16, 2016.  Please send: cover letter, resume, standard application and reference letters to:  

    Mrs. Eileen Czarnecki, Principal
    Hoover Elementary School
    420 S. 24th Street
    Camp Hill, PA  17011

    eczarnecki@camphillsd.k12.pa.us

  • Friday, September 11, 2015 3:35 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    FYI -  The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Please consider clearing your medicine cabinet of any unused prescription drugs so that they do not end up the hands of someone addicted.  There are several local sites participating in this event.  Click on the link below to find the site closest to you***.

    https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/NTBI/ntbi-pub.pub?_flowExecutionKey=_cF61796C6-C079-F90A-67D8-B3E0A1BF744D_k56DDD8F6-25E7-4589-53C6-EEC652221771

    ***It may state, “Your Session Has Timed Out”.  If so, just click ‘Start Over’.

    For more information about the event, go to http://www.ddap.pa.gov/. 

  • Friday, August 14, 2015 8:03 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    The  PA Bullying Prevention efforts were shared by Mary Dolan during the PDE update during the August Commonwealth Approved Trainers (CATs) Executive Board meeting.  She discussed the connection of this work to school climate issues.  She also mentioned that callers contacting the bullying prevention consultation line are asked if they are aware of SAP.  For the school climate surveys, Mary indicated that schools can add questions and may want to include something about SAP, possibly if students are aware of the program. 

    Here is a link to the update PDE Office for Safe Schools BP Updates.pdf

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