Student Assistance Program
The Student Assistance Program, operated by Learning Support Services through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), places student assistance professionals in schools to implement comprehensive programs that address problems associated with substance use. They provide direct services to students in grades 6-12 who are at risk and/or harmfully involved with alcohol, nicotine and/or other drugs. Students who use alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs adversely impact the achievement of their classmates, as well as their own achievement. The Student Assistance Program works with students and their peer groups to enable all students to succeed.
- Assistance to classroom teachers in the use of age-appropriate prevention curricula
- Supervision of peer leadership or pledge programs
- Promotion of drug-free after-school activities, student support groups, parent involvement activities, and staff development intervention strategies
- Identification of students who are at risk of initiating substance use, are coping with the substance use of significant others, or are suspected of substance use
- Counseling, peer support groups, social skills training, and individual and family interventions designed to address the particular needs of each student
- Referrals to community services such as chemical dependency treatment in cases where the severity of use requires services that cannot be provided in the school setting
- Professional development opportunities with an emphasis on prevention education and early identification and intervention related to substance use and violence
- Community Coalition linkages and participation. Staff actively participate in local community multi-agency coordination and collaboration
NOTE: Other County and State funding is available to support Student Assistance programming in schools, which focus on mental health and/or the drop out prevention services for youth and families.
- These direct, specialized services are uniquely tailored to your district’s specific needs and are available for hourly or daily consultation rates.
- Customized professional development
- Community coalition, network, and advisory support
- Site-based training and presentations. (Audiences may include: school boards, school staff, SIP teams, parents, students, advisories, and community groups)
- Recommendations on best practice curricula, programming, and strategies
- Intensive site-based program review with written report of findings and recommendations (includes observation, interviews, data analysis, and SIP integration)
- Interpret and find meaningful applications for survey data
- Technical assistance with program enhancement, implementation, and monitoring
- Linkages with other Prevention Center services such as equity in education, diversity and cultural competency consultation and training; school safety & crisis response and parent engagement
School Improvement Benefits
- Promote the skills and attitudes necessary for students to resist pressures to use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
- Encourage students to reduce the substance use for which they were referred
- Remove barriers to school success
- Increase student attendance and commitment to school
Fees Districts that are a part of the Statewide CPWI Initiative identify a 20% match to state funds; all others purchase services at a formula of $78,000 per Student Assistance Professional. Intensity of services may be negotiated. Contact the Prevention Center for more information. Customized Services Hourly and daily consultation rates available
Participating Schools and Contacts
Schools and contacts in the Student Assistance Program Coalition sites:
- Cascade MS, Auburn HS/Auburn: Bill James
- Cedar Crest MS/Bethel: Terry Howard
- Cascade MS/Highline : Sasheen Mahmood
- Aki Kurose, Seattle : Rayonna Tobin
- Garfield, Seattle : Danielle Bock
- Denny MS, Chief Sealth High/Seattle: Veronica Lopez
- Vashon High : Tracie Mach
- Clover Park High: Victoria Marques
- Lockburn MS, Clover Park: Victoria Marques
- Washington High/Franklin Pierce : Parma Osorio
- Perry Keithly MS, Franklin Pierce : Parma Osorio
- Foss High/Tacoma: Debbi Reed
- Bethel Middle School: Mandy Wilcox
- Bethel High School: Brian Storie
- Graham Kapowsin High School: Brian Storie
- Spanaway Middle School: Mandy Wilcox
- Spanaway Lake High School: Mandy Wilcox
Mental Health Student Assistance Sites:
- Showalter Middle School/Tukwila: Janie Kay
- Nelson, McKnight, and Dimmit Middle Schools/Renton: Nicole Rixen
Homeless Student Resources
The following resources are meant to assist districts in maintaining a quality McKinney-Vento program that includes sensitive and thorough identification strategies, regular staff trainings, inter-agency collaboration, and community-wide awareness of the issues facing homeless children and youth.
- Parent Outreach Brochure (Word Document)
- Washington Alliance for Students Experiencing Homelessness – This site is for anyone who is invested in the educational support of homeless students in Washington State – whether you are a youth without a home, a community service member, or an educator, we are here to help. As you navigate this site you will find information directed to specific audiences, resources, technical assistance, and great ideas for helping Washington students succeed.
- Homeless with Homework Staff Training – This 15 minute, individual web-based training gives staff a basic overview of McKinney-Vento law and best practices. The presentation ends with a short quiz, and gives each participant a certificate to verify their completion of the training. This is an excellent tool for self-paced, mandatory staff McKinney-Vento trainings.
- McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act – A Quick Reference for Homeless Children & Youth Liaisons – Informational brochure from ESD 105.
- Information for Students and Families Living in Transition – Brochure from ESD 105 with area for printing local school district contact information.
- Determining Eligibility – This brief from the National Center for Homeless Education is an excellent guide for making a sensitive and thorough determination of McKinney-Vento eligibility.
- Higher Education Resources for Homeless Youths – Links to financial aid, FAFSA, and other information from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.
- Local Homeless Education Liaison Toolkit – From the National Center for Homeless Education
- REACH: Restore Educational Access to Children who are Homeless – 11-minute video explaining the educational rights of homeless children under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.
- Independent Youth Housing Program – Coordinated locally by Catholic Family & Child Service, this program provides rent subsidy, tenant rights education, money management training, roommate facilitation, and assistance on finding an apartment in your community. Application form (PDF)
- Frequently Asked Questions – Information on the rights of students in homeless situations from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.
- Enrollment Addendum Form in English and Spanish – This form can be used as an enrollment addendum to help capture McKinney-Vento eligible students at registration.
- OSPI – Homeless Education
- DSHS Community Services Division
- Washington State Coalition for the Homeless
- Youth Care
- Independence for Foster Youth
OLWEUS Bullying Prevention and Intervention
About the OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program
This program is a school wide effort that employs both prevention and intervention strategies. The program is implemented at three levels: school-wide, classroom and individual, to successfully focus on changing norms and behaviors. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program has been designated a Model Program by the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention and the Center for the Study & Prevention of Violence.
- Reduction of existing bully/target problems
- Prevention of new bully/target problems
- Reduction of other antisocial behaviors such as fighting, vandalism, theft, alcohol use, truancy and classroom misbehavior
- Improvement of peer relations
- Improvement of school and classroom climate
Role of the School
- Designate a Bullying Prevention Coordinating Committee to spearhead the initiative in the school
- Schedule a two-day training for all members of the Coordinating Committee
- Commit to monthly meetings of the Coordinating Committee
- Schedule a four to six hour training for all school staff after the committee training and prior to the launch of the program
- Annually administer the anonymous Olweus Bullying Prevention Questionnaire (for students in grades 3 and higher) and submit data for analysis
- Establish the practice of all teachers conducting weekly classroom meetings with their students
- Convene regular staff discussion groups to engage in in-depth discussion on program-related topics
- Establish school-wide rules against bullying and encourage consistent positive and negative consequences for behavior
- Work to actively engage parents in bullying prevention activities
Certified PSESD Trainer/Consultant Services
- Conduct a pre-consultation to assess the school’s readiness and fit with the program
- Provide two days of training to members of the Coordinating Committee
- Conduct two support site visits
- Provide one 2-3 hour school-specific training
- Provide 18 months of technical assistance
- Provide assistance with ordering required materials and in analyzing program data in support of program goals
- Certified Olweus Trainer/Consultant Services: $3,400.
- Materials: $1,200-$1,800, depending on the size and needs of each school.
School Nurse Corps
The School Nurse Corps assists in the pursuit of student academic success by supporting and expanding public school districts’ capacity to provide a safe and healthy learning environment and optimal health for each student. The School Nurse Corps is a statewide program legislatively funded to provide direct nursing services to school districts with the greatest need, based upon specific criteria. School nurses provide emergency care, mental health support, and educational opportunities for students, staff, families and the community. School nurses promote health by managing chronic disease, preventing and controlling communicable diseases through education and access or referrals to health care providers.
- Provide ongoing training and support based upon the priorities of School Nurse Corps program for school nurses, in districts directly funded
- Provide leadership in the delivery of school-based health services
- Provide regional school health services through technical assistance, consultation, and professional development
- Provide and assist in data collection to evaluate the impact of nursing interventions on student education and health outcomes
- Provide a safe environment for students with health care needs allowing them to remain engaged in school activities
- Enhance the quality of student health services in Washington state schools by means of the regional Educational Service Districts’ SNC infrastructure through technical assistance, consultation, resources, and professional development
- Promote ongoing partnerships with health and education agencies and organizations
- Serve as a liaison between PSESD and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction regarding trends, issues, and needs
Criteria to Determine Greatest Need
- District Class size with priority given to Class II school districts
- Rural isolation and access to health care
- Number of children with health conditions, medical treatments, and medications
- District financial capacity
- Community issues such as the percentage of free and/or reduced meals