Formal Prevention Program: To explain the dangers of substance abuse and promote conflict resolution techniques.
Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program
The Parkland School District is committed to the goal of providing a drug-free educational environment and school community. In compliance with state law requirements, the district provides programs and curricula addressing prevention of substance abuse to every student in every grade level every year.
Additional presentations are made to students every year including programs designed to assist in decision making, problem solving, and being aware of the potential dangers of drugs, alcohol, and other risky behaviors. Lessons regarding the appreciation of diversity and issues arising from cyber-bullying are also incorporated into the curriculum.
The Peer Mediation program helps elementary and middle school students find nonviolent ways to deal with conflict and settle disputes. Through conflict resolution, students are taught the skills to manage conflict and express their feelings in a positive manner.
Students Against Destructive Decisions, a chapter of the national S.A.D.D. organization, encourages students to be involved in the education of the student body, the community, and younger students about the dangers of alcohol, drugs, and other destructive decisions that may arise during the adolescent years. The club organizes ongoing drug-free school activities.
The Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program is presented by two specially selected and trained members of the South Whitehall Township Police Department. The officers present 17 lessons to each fifth grade class culminating in a graduation ceremony involving parents. Presentations are also made to students in kindergarten and fourth grade.
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
The Olweus Program is a research based bullying prevention program. Parkland elementary and middle school staff have been trained on the principles of the Bullying Prevention program. A core team has been trained in strategies and interventions designed to foster a community of respect and acceptance. The program operates through the school, classroom, individual, and community level. Parents are included in the process and encouraged to contact their child’s school for further information.
School Wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS)
School wide positive behavior support is a researched-based methodology that encompasses systemic and individualized strategies for achieving social and learning outcomes for all students within the elementary schools. This is accomplished by focusing on the critical link between instruction and desired student behavior. All students are instructed in the behavioral expectations of the school through systematic lessons. Students are recognized when they demonstrate these expectations at school through a school wide behavior program. In turn, this creates a positive school culture and climate by emphasizing appropriate social interactions and learning expectations for all students at the elementary level.