Parent Resources

School-Home Connection

Sapphire Parent Portal- Provides parents access to their child's schedules, attendance, current grades, report cards, discipline and historical achievement. Access to this site requires a log-in PIN assigned by the system and a password chosen by the user. Click here to download the Parent Portal User Manual.
School Communications- Where to find information regarding snow delays, emergency notification and other parent-school communication.
SchoolMessenger Info Center-  Choose how you want to be contacted by your child's school or the School District. Set your communication preferences and/or make updates to your telephone and e-mail contact information by logging on to the SchoolMessenger InfoCenter parent portal. Instructions on how to set up an account are found at this link. This site enables parents/guardians to view their child’s balance, purchasing history, and payment history. The site will also allow parents/guardians to establish an account balance notification threshold for each of their children. Once the account balance falls below the established amount, will automatically send the parents/guardians an e-mail notice.
Booster Clubs and community groups interested in using SCA's facility can make the request by clicking on this Facility Use Request link and following the directions listed there.
Anonymous tip line to keep our schools safe.
You can also submit a tip by calling 1-844-SAF2SAY or 1-844-723-2729

2019-2020 Student Handbooks 

It's Okay to Ask for Help

Crisis Resources:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line:  Text ‘Help’ to 741741
Columbia County Residents Local Crisis Line: 1-800-222-9016
Northumberland County Residents Local Crisis Line: 1-855-313-4387
Dating Violence/Domestic Violence Resources:
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-800-799-7233
National Sexual Assault Helpline: 1-800-656-4673
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474
Teen Dating Abuse Text:  Text “loveis” to 22522
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Resources:
PA Drug and Alcohol Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP
Columbia County Residents Local Helpline: 570-275-4962
Northumberland County Residents Local Helpline: 570-495-2040
Other Resources:
LGBTQ+ Youth Hotline: 1-800-246-7743
National Eating Disorders Hotline: 1-800-931-2237
National Alliance on Mental Health: 1-800-950-6264
Teen Line: 1-800-852-8336 or Text ‘Teen’ to 839863
If you are experiencing an emergency, dial 911 or go directly to your local Emergency Room.

Suicide Awareness and Prevention Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit
Crisis Text Line: TEXT 741-741 or visit
National and State Organizations
American Association of Suicidology (AAS):
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP):
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC):
Jana Marie Foundation:
Services for Teens at Risk (STAR-Center)

Web Resources for Parents

Connected Math Resources (CMP3) for 7th & 8th Grade Middle School Students and Parents  (posted 3/21/16)
Everyday Math Resources (EDM4) for Kdgtn through 5th Grade Students and Parents  (posted 3/30/16) 
KnowBullyingfree app that can help parents and caregivers start a conversation with their children about school, work, relationships, life, and bullying. Cyberbullying Research Center - has many great resources for educators, parents, and teens about how to deal with cyberbullying
Addiction Center Prevention Information- teen substance abuse prevention resources.
Tobacco-Free Life- organization whose mission is to save lives by ending worldwide disease, damage, and death caused by tobacco.

Keeping Your Child Safe on the Net

Stop. Think. Connect. - created by the Anti-Phishing Working Group and the National Cyber Security Alliance to spread knowledge and help keep the web a safer place.
Digital Safety: Staying Safe Online - a go-to article that covers several topics for parents on keeping their families safe online. 
Internet Laws - A listing and explanation of laws that congress has created to protect children in regards to the Internet.
The CyberTipLine - This site handles leads for people reporting the sexual exploitation of children online.
Internet Safety Task Force- The ISTTF is a group of internet businesses, non-profit organizations, academics, and technology companies that have joined together to identify effective tools and technologies to create a safer environment on the Internet for youth.
What You Say Online Could Haunt You - A USA Today report on what students are posting on social networking Internet sites.
Keeping Kids Safe Online- published by the FBI - This site explains to parents the complexities of on-line child exploitation.
Wikipedia and explaining Internet Slang - This Wikipedia site illustrates several examples of Internet slang for parents to understand.


PC Tattletale - Parental Control and Monitoring Software for the Internet.


Homeless Information for School-Age Youth Poster: Poster Youth.pd

Southern Columbia Area S.D. Procedures for ECYEH Enrollment - Click HERE to view

General Guide to PA's Education for Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program - Click HERE to view.

County Resources - Region 7:  Click HERE to view.

Homeless Enrollment Complaint Form:  Click HERE to view.

* For information from Pennsylvania Dept. of Education, click on the following link: Education/Pages/default.aspx#tab-1

Homeless Education. Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program was established to make sure homeless youth have access to a free and appropriate public education while removing barriers that homeless children face.

Parenting in the 21st Century

How Parents Are Robbing Their Children of Adulthood- New York Times article centered on "today’s snowplow parents”  who "keep their children’s futures obstacle-free — even when it means crossing ethical and legal boundaries."
Social Media Users More Likely to Feel Isolated, Study Finds- article published by Medical News Today.
Your Child Is Not Your “Friend”- article published by Empowering 
Ego is the Anesthesia that Deadens the Pain of Stupidity- article which discusses this quote from motivational speaker Rick Rigsby's speech The Most Inspiring Speech: The Wisdom of a Third Grade Dropout Will Change Your LifeClick this link to watch Rick Rigsby's speech.