Who We Are…
The CARE Team is part of a state-wide Student Assistance Program. There are SAP teams in operation in all of Pennsylvania’s middle schools.
Our Mission Statement…
The VFMS CARE Team is a certified group of teachers, administrators, school & community counselors who are trained to help remove the barriers that impede a student’s academic success.
Barriers may include: self-esteem, family problems, appearing sad, use of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs, issues with eating, problems with peers, etc. CARE Team members do not diagnose, treat, or refer students for treatment, but they may refer a student for a parent approved assessment.
Warning Signs – Why a Student May be Referred
- Dramatic attention-getting behavior
- Drop in grades
- Changing group of friends
- Loss of interest/eligibility in sports
- Appears sad
- Puffiness around eyes
- Bloodshot eyes that appear glassy
- Change in sleeping/eating habits
The CARE Team recognizes that you as a parent have a major role and responsibility in making decisions regarding your child. The team will make every effort to involve parents in every step of the process.
All information collected through the CARE
process is confidential.