What is the Elementary Student Assistance Program?
The Student Assistance Team addresses the challenge of helping those elementary students who are having trouble in school. The ESAP process is a positive, success-oiented program that follows specific assessment and intervention tactics to help remove educational and behavioral stumbling blocks for elementary children in the regular classroom. It is a team approach designed to assist students to function successfully in the elementary school environment. The goal for the Student Assistance Team is to maximize individual student's success in regular classes. This often leads to a decrease in the number of referrals and placements of students into special education classes and an increase in the strategies used by teachers that lead to success for all students. Any student (grades K-6) who is experiencing difficulty functioning successfully in the classroom due to consistent academic or behavioral problems may be a canidate for ESAP services.
The Student Assistance Team will include the building principal and the referring teacher. Parents are encouraged to participate as members of the Team. School Psychologist, math and reading specialists, school counselor, school nurse, speech therapist, or other classroom teachers may also serve on the Student Assistance Team, depending on the needs of the child.
Collaboration and joint planning are essential to the ESAP process. Each member of the Student Assistance Team has equal input and decision-maing power to determine what methods, learning styles, special techniques, or programs wil best address the individual student's academic, behavioral, and/or life skills; the Student Assistance Team recommends strategies to be implemented to help the student strategies based on the goals or expectations set for the child. If the child's teacher reports positive change, the strategies are continued. If there is no progress, the child is referred for a multi-disciplinary evaluation, which may recommend speical education programs and services.
The classroom teacher may request assistance for:
- Unacceptable progress in academics
- Unacceptable progress in behavior
- Possible retention
- Poor attendance