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 contact the Safe and Drug-Free Schools liaison Tim Brady at firstname.lastname@example.org or (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)
- Drug Guide for Parents
- Resources for Parents: e-books, fact sheets, guides, checklists, worksheets, research, reports
Communities That Care
The Olathe School District administers an annual voluntary survey to sixth-, eighth-, 10th- and 12th-grade students. Parent consent forms are sent home prior to taking the survey which is provided by the Kansas Department of Addiction and Prevention Services. Kansas school districts use the survey because the data supports prevention planning across the state.
The survey measures the risk and protective factors that predict alcohol and other drug use, delinquency, gang involvement, and other problems such as bullying. It also measures the prevalence and frequency of drug use and antisocial behaviors. The survey results will be analyzed and compared to previous years' results as well as other local, state, and national results.
The district participates in the Olathe Communities That Care initiative. This is a coalition of leadership from local schools, law enforcement, social services, healthcare, parent groups, students, businesses, and city and county agencies. It is designed to encourage positive youth development while preventing problem behaviors including substance abuse, academic failure, unplanned pregnancy, school dropout rates, and violence. By working together, these groups use existing resources and evidence-based practices effectively and efficiently to address youth risk factors in the community and to positively impact youth development.
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 guidance 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.
Student, Parent-Focused Initiatives
Students and parents may participate in the H.E.L.P. Clinic for counseling sessions or anger-management classes.
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.