The administration, faculty and parents for Rochester Schools recognize that alcohol and other drug abuse, chemical dependency and the stress of living in a chemically dependent family environment represent a most serious and prevalent threat to the health and welfare of youth.  The philosophy of Rochester Community Schools Student Assistance Program is one of concern for these students.  Chemical dependency is a progressive illness that affects people physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.  alcohol an other drug abuse has too long been demonstrated to be a cause and/or a contributing factor in vandalism, absenteeism, tardiness, disciplinary referrals, classroom disruptions, declining classroom performance and drop out rates.

The school setting has proven to be an effective environment for dealing with alcohol and other drug abuse and dependency as they affect youth.  Rochester Schools recognizes its responsibility to provide prevention and intervention educational programs for the promotion of an increased awareness of the abuse and problems involved in chemical usage.

Program Description

The Student Assistance Program has been established at each of the Rochester high schools.  The program identifies, screens and refers students who may be affected by their own or someone else's use of alcohol or other drugs.  Upon referral, the student is interviewed by trained staff.  Recommendations are made to involve the student in an educational support group or a referral is made to a community resource.  All contact with the student is kept confidential.  Involvement in the program is voluntary.
  • The Chemically Abusive Adolescent......
  • Has increasing difficulty in getting up in the morning.
  • Has exhibited significant personality changes since entering middle school.
  • Has changed friends significantly over the past two years.
  • Isolates from other family members.
  • Exhibits hostility and distrust of authority figures; is often oppositional.
  • Daily living habits have changed significantly.
  • Will settle for almost any attention outside the home, even if it is "negative" attention.
  • Has a significantly decreased attention span.
  • Has become abusive with parents/siblings.
  • Has seemed to have lost interest in things he/she was once interested in.
  • Is overly preoccupied with privacy, secrecy.
  • Uses chemicals "just to get high".
  • Experiences a chronic sense of insecurity and low self worth.
  • Often begins to use during inappropriate time or in inaappropriate settings.