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EDUCATION - The SDFSC program coordinates the state mandated hours of prevention education for students in public schools and provides proven effective elementary and secondary school substance abuse/violence prevention education materials such as Second Step, Here’s Looking At You, Life Skills and D.A.R.E. It coordinates the Governor’s Program on Abstinence Program at appropriate age levels. It also provides the annual state mandated in-service for teachers and staff. In addition, the SDFSC program maintains a modern library of prevention A/V resource materials for educators and community to use.

INTERVENTION – Each year, the SDFSC 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. The SDFSC program personnel act as a referral source for the school SATs and they are the liaison between the SDFSC program and prevention activities at their schools.

STUDENT TRAINING – The SDFSC program trains the student Peer Leaders during leadership training format called “TeamSpirit.” The Peer Leaders are taught to facilitate small groups and work with elementary school feeder school students during Red Ribbon and Violence Prevention Awareness Weeks. Peer Leaders also conduct prevention activities at their respective schools.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AWARENESS - The SDFSC program implements an extensive awareness program in October each year that coincides with the National Red Ribbon Campaign. The 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 SDFSC program coordinates the community substance and violence prevention efforts such as DARE, JSN Clubs, Elks Club, Character Education, Violence Prevention Task Force and the efforts of other service organizations.

STUDENT OFFENDER PROGRAM - Students who become involved with drugs/alcohol or weapons while under school jurisdiction are required to attend a rehabilitation program called “Going Straight.” This program requires students to attend a three session, three-hours per session agenda that includes parent participation and a law enforcement interview before they can re-enter the school system.

LAW ENFORCEMENT RESOURCES - The SDFSC program works in close cooperation with all law enforcement jurisdictions to ensure that students and educators have a safe environment for teaching and learning. Each year, the SDFSC program 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 K-9 units in the schools.

POLICY - The SDFSC 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 SDFSC 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 – Each year, the SDFSC program implements a “Stop the Violence” week designed to make the students and communities aware of the dangers of violent behaviors and the consequences of such actions.

SAFE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT – To help maintain a safe school environment the SDFSC program coordinates metal detector and K-9 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 SDFSC program has also implemented staff development training for crisis management and provided a crisis management plan to every school in the parish. With these tools, school administrators are better prepared to handle any crisis situation that they may encounter.
 
Program Coordinator
Sharon Green
(337) 948-3657 Ext. 10310