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  • 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. 







  • 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:



    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.


    Center for Safe Schools
    (717) 763-1661 x164


  • 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


  • 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***.


    ***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

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015 8:39 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    Compounding Stress: The Timing and Duration Effects of Homelessness on Children's Health

    Children's Health Watch, in partnership with the Center for Housing Policy at the National Housing Conference, recently released a new issue brief entitled Compounding Stress: The Timing and Duration Effects of Homelessness on Children's Health.

    According to the brief, the earlier and longer a child experiences homelessness, the greater the cumulative toll on his or her brain and body functions and the greater the likelihood he or she will suffer from a stress-related chronic disease later in life. Based on data collected from more than 20,000 caregivers of low-income children with either government-provided or no health insurance, the brief found that prenatal and postnatal homelessness were associated with poor or fair health status, developmental risks, and a higher incidence of hospitalization. .

    Visit http://www.nhc.org/Insights_CompoundingStress_final_LoRes.pdf<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTUwODA3LjQ3OTM5NjgxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE1MDgwNy40NzkzOTY4MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDA0ODc1JmVtYWlsaWQ9dGFyYXNsQHVwbWMuZWR1JnVzZXJpZD10YXJhc2xAdXBtYy5lZHUmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&101&&&http://www.nhc.org/Insights_CompoundingStress_final_LoRes.pdf> to download the brief.

    PLEASE NOTE:  PDE has a brief for SAP Teams that can be accessed at:  http://www.sap.state.pa.us/uploadedfiles/SAPhomelesshandout-4-21-15.pdf


    1. As you work with the student, assist to remove barriers when possible to lessen the many burdens on these families/children by providing as stable a school environment and experience as possible. This area can be incorporated into the intervention plan so it's regularly monitored.

    2. The student's SAP case manager should work closely with the school counselor and school nurse when behavioral and medical needs are observed, as homelessness can negatively impact the emotional/mental and physical health of the children. Review the child's need for counseling or other supportive services offered by school counselors or through referral.

    3. Continue to include SAP, IST, SWPBIS and PBIS team members in communications and issues, as appropriate, related to any serious conditions of the student, to ensure teamwork and information sharing.

    4. Utilize your district's homeless liaison as a resource in order to provide comprehensive services.

  • Monday, July 27, 2015 8:33 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    Here are 5 things to know about Act 26.

    1. The new law creates the offense of "cyberharassment," which would include:
      • making seriously disparaging statements about a child's physical characteristics,
      • sexuality,
      • sexual activity or
      • mental or physical health
      • threats to inflict harm.
    2. The harassment could be made electronically, either directly to the child or through social media.
    3. For a juvenile charged with the crime, a diversionary program, which might include an educational program on cyberharassment, would be considered first. Successful completion could lead to the juvenile's record being expunged.
    4. The law makes cyberharassment of a child a third-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum $2,500 fine and/or one year in prison.
    5. The law could help schools, which are often expected to handle cyberbullying whether it happens on school grounds or not. “An offense under subsection (a.1) may be deemed to have been committed at the place where the child who is the subject of the communication resides.”


  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 7:34 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    Legislation to make Pennsylvania the next state to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and other related “vaping” products to minors unanimously passed the state House in mid-June

    According to the latest data, more than 16 million children, ages 17 and under, are living in 10 states where they can purchase e-cigarettes almost as easily as a pack of gum or a candy bar. It is imperative that the Legislature act now to add Pennsylvania to the list of 40 other states that have already taken the necessary steps to keep e-cigarettes, e-cigars and all other similar adult-only products out of our children’s hands by adopting House Bill 954.”

    House Bill 954 would add nicotine delivery products to the list of tobacco products that are illegal to sell to minors, including electronic cigarettes. It would still be legal to sell e-cigarettes and vape pens in Pennsylvania – just not to children. The penalties would be the same as under current law for selling cigarettes and other traditional tobacco products to minors.

    E-cigarettes, sometimes known as “vape pens,” are used to deliver nicotine and other substances into the body in the form of a vapor. The products come in a variety of flavors and generally resemble the size and shape of traditional cigarettes, which may increase their appeal to minors. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials have confirmed that calls to poison centers involving e-cigarettes have surged in recent years.

    In 2014, the CDC reported a dramatic increase in the number of high school students who indicated they had tried e-cigarettes, including many who previously had never smoked. 

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 7:25 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    LGBT studies course at San Francisco high school one of the first

    CBS San Francisco

    Ruth Asawa High School is one the first high schools in the country to offer an LGBT studies course. The course will cover terminology, and the broad history of LGBT issues. The curriculum stretches back to ancient times. Read more>>


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