March 2, 2024

Student Assistance Program

All Hartford School District students are taught about the dangers of drugs and alcohol on developing brains in the health classes (for middle and high school), and by their school counselor in elementary schools.  All students and families have access to a Student Assistance Provider (SAP).

Would you like to learn more about the prevention efforts within the Hartford community? Curious about the curriculum that your students are learning about?  Perhaps you would like to learn more, reteach some lessons, or have a great dinner conversation? 

Here is the Stanford curriculum that is utilized for prevention education:

Please feel free to reach out with any additional concerns, questions or suggestions to Student Assistance Provider (SAP), Janet Potter, MLADC, LADC, LMFT at 802-295-8640 ext 3306 or email 

There are updated signs around the school property indicating that alcohol, tobacco products (including vapes), and cannabis are not allowed on school property, this includes at after school events and sports.  If you or someone you know is struggling with substance misuse, or you have further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Student Assistance Provider (SAP), Janet Potter, LADC, MLADC, at or call the middle school at 295-8640 ext 3306.

The Vermont Alcohol and Drug Information Clearinghouse

HHS - Substance Free School sign

CounterBalance Youth Fact Sheet-1

CounterBalance Youth Fact Sheet-2

HMMS Prevention Groups for students
  • VKAT
    (Vermont Kids Against Tobacco and other drugs)
  • Getting to Y
  • Ala-teen
  • Making Change Educational Group 
  • Clubs (vary throughout the year and student interest--past years have included baking club, fishing club, chess club and gaming club)

For more information or to join a group, please email Mrs. Potter at

Hurricanes Help: Resources for Student Athletes
Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

HMMS SAP group

There are student-led groups at both the middle and high school, co-facilitated with Hartford Community Coalition (HCC), that is called "Why RBS"--please email Mrs. Potter at if you would like to join!