Student Services

Our goal is to provide you with answers and resources to help make your experience at Smethport a positive one. If you ever have any questions about the services your child receives, please give us a call. We are always happy to help.

Student Assistance Program (SAP)

SAP is a state-mandated program designed to help students overcome barriers to learning. At Smethport, a team of trained staff identifies and refers students for SAP services including out-patient counseling, school-based learning adaptations, and case management. All services are confidential.

Each year, SAP screens for health issues such as healthy BMI, hearing and visual acuity, scoliosis, motor skill development, and social/emotional skills. Data from each screening is included in the child’s health record and used to determine needed services. 

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance

Federal law ensures that migratory students and students experiencing homelessness can still access educational services regardless of their family’s inability to provide “proof of residency.” Smethport ASD is committed to providing all students with an education free of distractions and disruptions. When life events occur and normal patterns of living are compromised, we offer services and referrals for families experiencing both temporary and long-term homelessness.

Homeless children are those who lack “fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence" due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or frequent work-related moves. Children awaiting foster care placement; those living in cars, motels/hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds; as well as those living in emergency or transitional shelters are considered homeless. 

Additional information is available on the Pennsylvania Basic Education Circular regarding Homeless Students, and by accessing SASD Policy #251, Homeless Students.

Please contact SASD Homeless Liaison, Assistant Principal Mrs. Anna M. Stewart, at (814) 887-5545 if you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness. We have dedicated resources to help. 

Nurse’s Corner

Our nursing staff is committed to keeping the students in our schools healthy and providing parents with wellness tips they can implement at home. 

SASD Nurses Provide Coronavirus Helpful Resources
Mrs. Colley and Mrs. Costa have provided a list of helpful resources and links where community members can access the latest information on the coronavirus.

Administration of Medication
Certain health problems require that students take medication during school hours. A signed consent form giving specific directions for use must accompany all medications. Both over-the-counter and prescription medication must be in its original, labeled container and kept in the health office at all times.

Medication will not be administered in school unless absolutely necessary. If, however, it does become necessary for your child to receive medication during school hours, the following procedures must be followed:

  • Medication must be brought to school by an adult in the pharmacy container labeled with the following information: name of child, name of physician, name of medication, and the correct dosage and time of administration.
  • The parent must provide a written physician’s order for the medication that states the child’s name, medication dosage, and time of administration.

The necessary forms for medication administration are available from the school nurse.

All students with severe allergies must complete and maintain an up-to-date emergency care plan. With parent permission, older students with severe allergies may carry and self-administer an inhaler or EpiPen that has proper labeling. Please check with the school office to obtain and sign a "Permission to Carry" form. 

Immunization Information
State law requires students to complete all required immunizations before school starts. We will not allow students who cannot provide proof of required immunizations to attend school or ride the bus on the first day of classes. Please submit immunization updates to the school office. Should a continuing student need additional immunizations, we will notify parents by mail. 

Nursing Staff
Amy Costa
Elementary School Nurse

Jamie Colley
High School Nurse