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.
Members of the Parkland High School chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) deliver the Kids Ignoring Dangerous Substances (K.I.D.S.) program to all sixth grade students. The specially trained high school students present skits on substance abuse prevention topics.
Additional presentations made to students at selected grade levels every year include:
- 7th grade-All American Drugs, by the Weller Center for Health Education
- 7th grade-Skills for Adolescence, by middle school counselors.
- Substance abuse prevention material is integrated into existing curriculum at several other points in the district curriculum. Some examples include: 10th grade driver education and 12th grade economics.
Kindergarten Registration – Parent Information Booklet
During kindergarten registration, each family receives “Growing Up Drug Free: A Parents’ Guide to Prevention.” This booklet is obtained from the U.S. Department of Education and is appropriate for parenting children K-12 on substance abuse prevention.
If your child enrolled in Parkland after kindergarten and has not received a copy, contact the Student Services Office (610.351.5555) or any school office.
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.
District – wide Initiatives
Post Prom Party-The Parkland High School Parent Forum committee instituted a post prom party in June 2002. The event following the prom offers numerous activities for students including athletic events, dancing, music, games, and prizes.
The district counseling plan identifies competencies necessary for personal and social growth. These competencies are provided through classroom, small group and individual activities implemented by the guidance staff.