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Student Assistance Program

Mustang Public School's Student Assistance Program (SAP) is designed to support and enhance learning and well being through the areas of prevention, intervention and support

The District recognizes that the stresses students experience such as grief, depression, anxiety, anger management, self-esteem issues, bullying, coping with a family member's addiction, or the use of drugs including alcohol, and other high-risk behaviors can become barriers to academic success. 
 
Students cannot make full use of the total school program when trying to deal with these issues alone as they can seriously inhibit their capacity to learn and to function effectively in the school environment. 

Components of our SAP program

  • Support Groups
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Referrals to Community Services
  • Prevention Education 
  • Parent contact, support and resources

The Student Assistance Program is designed to help remove barriers that are affecting a student's academic success.

For information on programs available contact your child's school counselor. 
 
McKinney-Vento Act - Homeless Liaison
The McKinney-Vento 
Homeless Education Assistance Act
 
Definition
The federal definition of homelessness used by all public schools in the United States includes children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition specifically includes children and youth living in shelters, transitional housing, cars, campgrounds, motels, and sharing the housing of others temporarily due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons. This is the same definition of homelessness used by Head Start, special education, child nutrition, and other federal family and youth programs.
 
The Rights of Homeless Students
Students who meet the definition of "Homeless" and are identified or identify themselves as such have the right to:
  • • Receive a free, appropriate public education;
  • • Enroll in school immediately, even if they lack documents normally required for enrollment (i.e. birth certificates, transcripts, vaccinations, etc.);
  • • Enroll in school and attend classes while the school works with the family/student to gather the needed documents;  
  • • Enroll in the local school; or continue attending the school they last attended, if that is their preference and is possible.  If the district believes that the school chosen is not in the student's best interest, a written explanation will be provided and the student has the right to appeal this decision;
  • • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested; and,
  • • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the student's needs.
Identification
At MPS, students are primarily identified at enrollment or through the school Counselor.  Families or students who believe that they are homeless, should identify themselves as such to the school Counselor.
 
Dispute Process
If a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment, the established district dispute process shall be followed [Policy AR5015.3]. Children have the right of enrollment until such time as there is a final resolution to the dispute. 
 
Parents/Guardians/Students who feel that their request to enroll has been incorrectly denied or wish to contest their child's placement should be encouraged to contact the Student Assistance Coordinator for consultation. If the dispute is not resolved at this stage, they will be asked to submit their case in writing followed by the remainder of the steps outlined in Policy AR5015.3.
 
Should the final result of the district dispute process be unsatisfactory to the parent/guardian/student, they may appeal the district’s final decision by contacting the State Homeless Liaison at the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
 
Homeless Liaison
MPS is required to identify a person to act as a Homeless Liaison.  This person's duties involve training school staff in identification procedures, serving as an advocate for homeless students, arranging for services and arbitrating disputes that may arise.

MPS's Homeless Liaison is Kitrena Hime, coordinator of student assistance programs, 405-376-7824.
Family Support

 Support is available for families who need help.  Contact your child's counselor for assistance.

  • Food 4 Kids - All Mustang Public School Sites partner with the Regional Food Bank to provide food to families.   
  • All America Clothes Closet  - Sponsored by All America Bank 


 
 



Kitrena Hime
Student Assistance Coordinator 
405-376-7824
 
 
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Counseling Options
If your child is in crisis or needing outside counseling support you may contact Oklahoma Family Counseling Services at 405-577-5477. Identify your child as a student of MPS. Oklahoma Family Counseling Services can provide direction or make an appointment to see a counselor at the Oklahoma Family Counseling Services office located at 428 S Mustang Rd.
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