Safe and Drug Free Schools
EDUCATION - The WBR Schools Safe and Drug Free Program coordinates the state mandated hours of prevention education for students in WBR Schools and provides proven effective elementary and secondary school substance abuse/violence prevention education materials such as Here’s Looking At You, Life Skills and D.A.R.E. In addition, the program maintains resource materials for educators.
INTERVENTION – Each year, the WBR Schools Safe and Drug Free Program provides intensive training for staff members who are on school Safety Administrative Teams. Team members are encouraged to write action plans that address the needs of “at-risk” students at their schools and also coordinate the Crisis Management Programs at each school.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE AWARENESS - The WBR Schools Safe and Drug Free Program implements an extensive awareness program in October each year that coincides with the National Red Ribbon Campaign. WBR Schools, businesses, churches, civic organizations and the media participate in a week of drug awareness activities designed to make the students and community aware of the dangers of drug/alcohol abuse.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION – The WBR Schools Safe and Drug Free Program coordinates the community substance and violence prevention efforts such as DARE, WBR Community Coalition and the efforts of other service organizations.
LAW ENFORCEMENT RESOURCES - The WBR Schools Safe and Drug Free Program works in close cooperation with all WBR law enforcement jurisdictions to ensure that students and educators have a safe environment for teaching and learning. Each year, WBR Schools and law enforcement personnel meet to discuss effective and cooperative procedures for maintaining safe and drug-free schools such as the use of metal detectors and other security tools and resources in WBR Schools.
POLICY – The WBR Schools Safe and Drug Free Program works closely with federal, state and local government agencies to implement and maintain drug/alcohol and violence prevention policies as they relate to school staff and students. The program has implemented the Drug-Free Zones Policy, Weapons-Free Zones Policy, Employee Drug-Free Workplace Policy, Smoke-Free Campus Policy, Student Substance Abuse Policy and the Metal Detector Guidelines Policy to ensure safe and drug-free schools and communities.
VIOLENCE PREVENTION AWARENESS – The WBR Schools Safe and Drug Free Program implements a “Stop the Bullying” week designed to make the students and communities aware of the dangers of bullying and the consequences of such actions.
SAFE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT – To help maintain a safe school environment the program coordinates metal detector and other searches for all schools. These types of searches conducted in a random fashion, along with stringent policy enforcement, serve as a deterrent to students bringing weapons and drugs onto school campuses. The program has also implemented staff development training for crisis management and provides crisis management planning and training to every school in conjunction with Law Enforcement and Emergency Preparedness agencies. With these tools, school administrators are better prepared to handle any crisis situation that they may encounter.