Safe and Drug-Free Schools
The Olathe Public Schools have initiated a number of programs to promote safe and drug-free schools for children of all ages. The programs include school-focused policies and curriculum, student and parent-focused initiatives, and participation in community programs.
Anyone with questions about the Safe and Drug-Free Schools initiatives should email Matt Johnson or call 913-780-7000.
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Because it is important for parents to talk to their children about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and other similar hazards, the district has provided some tip sheets for parents.
- View Are Your Prescriptions Safe? (PDF)
- View Drug Use Warning Signs (PDF)
- Resources for Parents: e-books, fact sheets, guides, checklists, worksheets, research, reports
The following websites provide valuable information about anti-drinking, anti-smoking, and anti-drug campaigns.
- Regional Prevention Center: http://www.jocogov.org/dept/mental-health/home
- Alcohol Beverage Control - Underage Enforcement: http://www.ksrevenue.org/abcenforcement.html
- Kansas Family Partnership: http://www.kansasfamily.com/
- Johnson County Court Services: http://courts.jocogov.org/cs_jctp.aspx
Policies and Curriculum
School-focused initiatives include the Drug-Free Schools policy and a Safe Schools policy.
Project Alert is an 11-week substance abuse prevention course for sixth-graders, with supplemental lessons in seventh-and eighth-grade health classes. Middle school students are also involved in an evidence-based curriculum titled Second Step. The lessons revolve around bullying and substance abuse prevention. Freshmen receive alsohol prevention lessons in their health curriculum called Alcohol.Edu.
The Student Code of Conduct provides guidelines for students to follow.
The Olathe district works hand-in-hand with the Olathe Police Department's School Resource Officers to provide on-site security in each school, education in the classroom and routine canine searches.
Schools participate in Red Ribbon Week and Project Graduation, as well as assemblies throughout the year to promote a healthy environment and lifestyle.
Bullying policies are in place, with school counselors teaching lessons on how to deal with a bully, the victim and bystander.
Olathe has several after-school programs and all-day kindergarten sites, which serve as a protective factor so students are not home alone, but are engaged in positive learning or activity programs.
All schools participate in the annual Communities That Care Survey to assess our needs.
- Read the Kindergarten through second-grade safety manual (PDF)
- Lea el "Manual de Seguridad para estudiantes entre Kinder a 2d0 grado" (PDF)
- Read the third through fifth-grade safety manual (PDF)
- Lea el "Manual de Seguridad para estudiantes entre 3ro a 5to grado" (PDF)
- Read the elementary parent safety manual (PDF)
- Lea el "Manual de Seguridad para padres con estudiantes en escuela primaria" (PDF)
Student, Parent-Focused Initiatives
Students and parents may participate in the H.E.L.P. Clinic for counseling sessions. Visit the H.E.L.P. Clinic webpage
Olathe is committed to providing alternative education through Hope, SOAR, Choices, and Prairie Learning Center.
District policy provides funding for drug evaluation for any student in activities or athletics who has been involved with alcohol or drugs. Many schools and alternative programs have on-site support groups for those dealing with substance abuse or for students whose families are dealing with drugs and alcohol.