LIZ KNODEL-GORDON, COORDINATOR
908-889-8600 X 3371
 
 
Drug and Alcohol Curriculum: The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools offer an educational curriculum grades K-12. The emphasis is on primary prevention of alcohol, drug, and substance abuse and provides students with information and developmental exercises regarding chemical substances. In Grades 7-12, a minimum of ten clock hours per school year of alcohol and other drug education, including the topics of tobacco and anabolic steroids, is provided in accordance with the Department of Education Chemical Health guidelines pursuant to NJSA 18A 40A-1. Elementary schools incorporate alcohol and other drug education, including tobacco and anabolic steroids, into their curriculum at each grade level appropriate for students' age, maturity, and grade level, in accordance with the Department of Educational Chemical Health guidelines to NJSA18A: 40A-1.

Staff Development: The Substance Awareness/Student Assistance Program provides school employees with opportunities to attend workshops or receive the necessary foundation information relating to attitudes and skills that reduce risks, increase protective factors, and foster resilience in children.

Parent/Community Awareness: Parents and community members are provided with educational opportunities regarding school policy on alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, at-risk behaviors, violence, as well as information about the Substance Awareness/Student Assistance Program and its services that promote resilience and student success.

Core Team: The function of the SPFHS Core Team is to identify and refer students with behavioral, academic, and social concerns to the proper resource(s) through a multi-disciplinary problem-solving approach. The Substance Awareness Coordinator is the case manager. The Core Team assists in the evaluation of how the school can best serve students with behavioral, academic, and social problems through solution-focused strategies.

Intervention Program: The Substance Awareness Coordinator, in collaboration with other school staff, puts intervention components into place. Early intervention, crisis intervention, and aftercare information and opportunities are provided by the Substance Awareness Coordinator for students and families on an individual basis. Short-term in-school counseling is provided to ensure a continuous quality of services for students and families when necessary.

Educational Student Support Groups: Student support and problem-solving, informational skills-based groups are provided for students who are at-risk or experiencing academic or social problems. The groups are co-facilitated by the Substance Awareness Coordinator, school counselors, and/or other school staff. The groups are created as individual school needs are identified.

Integration with Other School-Based Programs: The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Substance Awareness/Student Assistance Program works to integrate student assistance services with other school-based programs designed to increase resilience, improve academic performance, and reduce student risk for alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence.

Cooperation and Collaboration with Community Agency Resources: A goal of the Substance Awareness/Student Assistance Program is to build bridges between schools, parents, and community resources through referral and cooperation with shared services.

Substance Awareness/Student Assistance Program Evaluation: The Substance Awareness Coordinator, the Core Team, and members of the Municipal Alliance Committee periodically evaluate the components of the Substance Awareness/Student Assistance Program to ensure continuous quality improvement of student assistance services and outcomes.

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