Student Assistance Program


Forest City Regional Elementary School has a new Student Assistance Program (SAP). SAP is an association of school and community-based program specialists organized to meet the needs of Pennsylvania youth for education, prevention, intervention, referral, and support services in the area of at-risk behaviors affecting mental health and wellness. Alcohol and other drug related problems are the major focus of these support teams and our newest SAP program at the elementary school is called ESAP. Members of the Student Support Teams are trained through the Pennsylvania Department of Education with the primary purpose of helping students and parents resolve student problems.


The Student Assistance Program Team: SAP is an intervention program staffed by school counselors, teachers, nursing staff, administrators and members from appropriate community agencies (NHS, Tre-Hab, and Wayne Co Office of Behavioral and Developmental Programs and Early Intervention). The Forest City Regional SAP teams are trained to identify and refer high-risk students to appropriate treatments.


Referrals: Referrals may come from another student, parent, teacher, counselor or administrator and will be kept strictly confidential. If there is a concern for the physical or emotional well-being of a student, contact a member of the SAP team. Forms can be found online or in the main office. To submit a referral for an elementary school student, send an email to the School Counselor, Larissa Valonis at Please include the name of the student, grade level and description of the concern. If a referral has been made for your son/daughter then you will be contacted, informed of the concerns and with your permission will be offered necessary services to help deal with the problem.


Team Interventions: Formal interventions may take place for the benefit of the student, their families and the school community. The goal of an intervention is to encourage the student and family to seek further assistance for the problems that face them.  By relaying observable behaviors to the parties involved, the student support team hopes to assist families with these difficult decisions.


Our ESAP Team meets once a week. Students with referrals are identified and the network system of the school, home, and community is initiated. Strict confidentiality is upheld.


ESAP Team Members:

  • Cathi Fedak (Art Teacher)
  • Kelsey Bryer (4th Grade Teacher)
  • Sara McGraw (3rd Grade Teacher)
  • Natalie FitzPatrick (Special Education Teacher)
  • Larissa Valonis (School Counselor)
  • Mike Zack (Elementary School Principal)
  • Ann Marie Rusnak (School Nurse)
  • Andrew Granick (Tre-Hab)
  • Gabrielle Gardner (Wayne County’s Office of Behavioral Health)
  • Justin Stevens (FCR School Psychologist)


If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact a member of the SAP team for further questions.


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