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Student Assistance Programs

Union Public Schools believes it is important for every student to be successful in an educational enviroment that fosters academics, healthy living, leadership, team building, community spirit, and strong morals and character.

The goal of the Union Student Assistance Program is to assist in developing a safe, disciplined, and drug-free environment. The following objectives have been established to help achieve this goal:

  • Provide drug, violence, and behavioral educational/awareness prevention and intervention programs that are age appropriate.
  • Work with students on a four-level approach to drug prevention, based on a model of: experimentation, casual use, abuse and addiction.
  • Work with families. 
  •  Develop partnership programs with the community.  
  • Develop positive as well as punitive programs.
  • Empower students to become proactive in making right choices. 
  • Provide students with a thorough and appropriate education concerning the use of drugs, violence, and other undisciplined behaviors.
  • Provide students with an understanding of the negative consequences of their choices.
  • Provide students with instruction that gives them positive and practical options.
  • Provide prevention and intervention programs.


Character Counts!

The district's character education program includes six character qualities taught and reinforced during the year. Each site develops its own program around these character qualities.

Drug-Free Youth (D-FY)

The Drug-Free Youth organization involves students in grades 7-12 who have made a commitment to be drug-free. To join, each student must take an initial drug test, and submit to random testing. This student organization is extremely active and focuses on influencing others, especially younger students.




Union SchoolsA safe and secure school environment is essential to the learning process. An important ingredient in achieving safe and secure schools remains alert eyes and ears. Safety is achieved when an atmosphere exists in which students are comfortable talking with adults about their concerns.

SafeSchools Alert is our district's tip reporting serving. If you have information about a threat to our safety, do your part and report it. And remember, you can remain anonymous.

Crisis and Intervention Counseling

Crisis counseling is provided for situations with individuals or groups.

Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation

This is mostly an elementary program where students learn through peer mediation how to better solve their own conflicts and how to assist others.

At-Risk Referral Program

Forms are provided that assist in reporting and helping students in the areas of: tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, violence, homicidal threats, and general at-risk behaviors.

Peer Influencing

This program allows D-FY and other students to serve as positive role models with younger students. Older students work directly with these students through assemblies, skits, and direct involvement with them in the cafeteria, on the playground, and in their classrooms. The purpose of the program is to influence younger children to make right choices.

School Based Mental Health Services

A variety of school based, mental health services are available to eligible students and their families.

Parent/Student Involvement Programs

Two programs in substance abuse and anger management are designed for prevention and intervention purposes. The student and accompanying parent and/or guardian attend these after-school two-hour sessions to gain assistance and information in the areas of drug use and violence. These programs can serve as alternatives to suspension.

Red Ribbon Week 

Program involves grades K-8 through activities, assemblies, speakers, and a variety of ways to reinforce the message of remaining drug free. This is organized as a fun activity in October in which parents, students, and teachers work together.

Community Partnership Programs

The district works together with other schools, churches, businesses, clubs, organizations, and parents to assist with our Student Assistance Programs.

Assemblies and Presentations

These work in helping us to accomplish our stated goals for the district.