What is TASC?
In Pennsylvania, every middle and high school and some elementary schools have a Student Assistance Program (SAP). Delone Catholic's SAP team is called Teachers Addressing Student Concerns (TASC). The TASC/SAP team, made up of school and community agency staff, is here to help students and their families access school and community services.
If you feel that you or a friend may need help, ask to speak to with a member of the TASC team listed below:
- Mr. Richard LaRocca
- Mrs. Lori Heberling
- Mr. Steve Hutton
- Mr. Chris Cline
- Mrs. Janis Gadow
- Mrs. Patricia Marrocco
- Mrs. Katherine Phenicie
Information for Students
Students, the TASC team is here to help you deal with problems that are stopping you from doing well in school or stressing you out. Maybe you read about the student assistance program in your student handbook or you see signs posted around the school. You may feel uncomfortable or embarrassed to ask for help, but knowing how and where to find assistance can help you take an important first step.
Students, are you or a friend:
- Having problems keeping your grades up?
- No longer feeling like hanging out with friends or family?
- Not enjoying your favorite activities like you used to?
- Not getting along with others?
- Being bullied or harassed?
- Feeling like you just can't seem to get it all together?
- Experimenting with or using alcohol or other drugs?
- Adjusting to a new school?
- Close to someone or have a family member serving in the military?
- Having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else?
- Feeling emotionally overwhelmed?
- Always worrying?
- Thinking about suicide?
- Dealing with the breakup of a relationship?
- Being hurt physically or emotionally by someone?
- Dealing with major changes in your family like your parents' divorce?
- Dealing with the illness or death of someone close to you?
Information for Parents
Parents, do you see your child demonstrating any of these behaviors?
- Withdrawing from family, friends, and/or school?
- Changing friends; no longer spending time with old friends?
- Unexplained physical injuries?
- Talking about suicide?
- Defying authority, both at home and at school?
- Acting agressively?
- Needing money without an explanation?
- Sudden drop in grades?
- Experimenting with drugs or alcohol?
Parents, are you concerned about your child's reaction to:
- A recent death of a loved one?
- The divorce of parents?
- A family relocation?
- A relationship problem?
- Another traumatic event?
If your child is having trouble in or out of school, we can help you. There may be times when you just don't know how to help your child. That's okay; someone else may know how to help. Don't feel embarrassed or uncomfortable asking for help. When extra help is needed, knowing how and where to find it can be overwhelming.
How does a student become involved in the program?
Anyone can refer someone for help.
The TASC team will help a student find services and assistance within school and, if needed, in the community. The TASC team does not diagnose, treat or refer students for treatment. Rather, the team provides families with information, and you make the choices. Remember, you are part of the team. Our goal is to help every student succeed in school.
Students come to the TASC team in different ways. Some students are referred by teachers and other school personnel. Any school staff member, a student's friend or family member can let the TASC team know that they are worried about someone. The students themselves can go directly to the TASC team to ask for help. However, with the exception of some preliminary steps, the TASC team will not move forward until they receive written permission from the parents.
Students, if you are worried about talking to your parents/guardian about your problems or being involved in TASC, someone on the TASC team can help you talk to your parents/guardian. There are many people in the school who care about you and want to help.
What happens after the initial referral?
There are several steps that the team will take:
- The TASC team will gather specific information about the student's performance in school from all school staff who have contact with the student. A TASC team member will also talk to the student's parents either in person or over the phone about their observations, the student's strengths and the parents' concerns. The team will also obtain written permission from the parents to proceed further in the process.
- Together, the parents and the TASC team will develop a plan of action to help the student achieve success in school. The plan might include services and activities in school and/or services from a community agency. If necessary, the TASC team will talk with the family about services in the community and provide information on how to contact others who may be able to help.
- The TASC team will continue to work with and support the student. They will stay in touch with the family to talk about the student's progress and success in school. The continued involvement of the family is very important.
The staff on the TASC team will respect the privacy of the student and his/her parents/guardians at all times. No one other than the TASC team and certain adults, who need to be informed, will know that a student is involved in the program.