Confidential Tip Lines
Last year, the District implemented Project DrugSmart, a comprehensive campaign designed to address drug education and awareness, prevention, and strategies and deterrents for maintaining a safe and drug-free environment in our schools. The District will continue these activities during the coming school year. None of us can afford to ignore the easy availability of illicit drugs and alcohol in our communities. The administration and faculty representatives will continue to meet with local law enforcement officials and members of the health community to discuss current trends in teenage drug use, their impact on the middle schools and high school, and potential solutions.
Most of our educational activities will revolve around high school and middle school students who may find themselves in a compromising position that may lead to experimenting with or using marijuana and/or heroin, alcohol, and misusing prescription drugs. We will continue to reinforce the message through the following:
• Substance abuse brochures for students and parents – the parent brochure will assist parents in recognizing the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse and preventative measures parents can take to keep their children safe. Student brochures will provide both resources and education on the danger and consequences of drug and alcohol use.
• Drug Education Video – Part II (for students and parents) – Steve Jankowski and the SIUE Department of Communications will produce a new video to be shown to all students in 6th – 12th grades. Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, U. S. Attorney Steve Wigginton, and Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn will contribute to the videos and share information they have encountered as they deal with the victims of drug abuse.
District continues to work with health providers to develop options for
students and parents who are in need of counseling and treatment
During the next few weeks, the District, in cooperation with the Edwardsville Police Department, will conduct canine searches of our Edwardsville High School and Lincoln and Liberty Middle Schools to help ensure student safety. Parents and students need to be aware that lockers, book bags, and cars will be checked. The use of canine searches is designed to convey to students that we will not tolerate illicit drugs or other dangerous substances or devices on school property.
Students should beware of sharing lockers, cars, and book bags with friends or acquaintances, and by all means, they should be aware of the contents of their lockers, cars, and book bags.
The District has long-standing partnerships with all area law enforcement agencies, including the Edwardsville Police Department, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, and the Glen Carbon Police Department. Representatives from each agency meet regularly to assess the District’s operation, including emergency plans, security vulnerabilities, and evacuation plans. This partnership, combined with a collaborative effort among students, parents, faculty and administration, will help to continue keeping the school environment safe.
The Board of Education and administration want to recognize the individuals who have volunteered many hours in developing the Project DrugSmart campaign. This project would not have been possible without the contributions of Steve Wigginton, US Attorney; Steve Nonn, Madison County Coroner; Tom Gibbons, Madison County State’s Attorney; Chief James Bedell, Edwardsville Police Department; Chief John Lakin, Glen Carbon Police Department; Sheriff Bob Hertz, Madison County Sheriff’s Department; Sgt. Charlie Kohlberg, Edwardsville Police Department; Ben Dickmann, City Administrator, City of Edwardsville; Steve Jankowski, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; and Donna Nahlik, Chestnut Health Systems.
The Board of Education and administration want to pay special recognition to Donna Nahlik, prevention specialist from Chestnut Health Systems, and Melissa Sanders, EHS health education teacher, who serve as sponsors for the Edwardsville High School’s EPIC organization. The EPIC organization, which is comprised of approximately 75 EHS students, promotes a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle for teens. Members have designed their club’s own campaign, known as Tiger Truths, that is designed to prevent drug and alcohol use among their peers.
It is our hope that you will lend your support to these efforts. If we all work together – students, parents, staff, and community members – we can make a difference in reducing drug and alcohol abuse among teens.
DrugSmart Video for Students (2011)
The links below are to the Adobe Flash Video format files.
DrugSmart Video for Parents (2011)