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5531 Policy_Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The Wauwatosa School District views alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse, addiction, and dependency as it
does any other behavioral/medical problem. The District believes that, along with parents and other segments of
the community, the School District has a role to play in helping all students to understand the implications of
alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. While reinforcing students who make healthy lifestyle choices and reinforcing
student resiliency, the School District also offers programs to assist students who have been directly or indirectly
affected by the use of these substances.
The Wauwatosa School District’s student assistance program (SAP), called the TOSA Program (Together Offering
Student Assistance), is a prevention and education program with a wellness and resiliency foundation, as well as a
confidential, brief intervention component. The program is designed to address the wellness needs of all students,
including those who express concerns about their own use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs or who are referred
as a result of ATODA disciplinary action. The program also assists students who express concern about the use
of these substances by those close to them. Program components may include individual counseling, group
counseling, special events, all school programs, clubs, and workshops and training.
Students participating in TOSA program opportunities have the right to expect confidentiality when dealing with
issues within program activities. However, exceptions to the right of confidentiality exist when:
    A. The student consents in writing to disclosure of information;
    B. The information is required to be reported under Section 48.981 (child abuse reporting statutes);
    C. A staff member has reason to believe that there is imminent danger to the health, safety, or life of any person
        (The Wauwatosa School District defines imminent danger to include all use, consumption, and/or possession
        of drugs and/or alcohol at school or school-sponsored activities).
The school principal will inform parents and students annually of the opportunities available through the TOSA
Program. Parents/Guardians may inform the school that they do not wish their students to participate in specific
activities by completing a form provided by the school principal.
Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009
Sharon Weinstock,
Aug 8, 2011, 9:17 AM