Tobacco Intervention Program
Students who have violated the tobacco regulation in the SR&R shall participate in the FCPS tobacco and smoking intervention program to be conducted by the Student Safety and Wellness Office. Arrangements will be made with the schools for date and time for the intervention. This activity is not intended for students who have already attended the seminar. It includes information on the medical, physical, social, and psychological consequences of using or possessing tobacco products. Fairfax County Public Schools works with the students to bring them the most accurate, up-to-date information on tobacco use, addiction, and cessation. The students can use this information to make knowledgeable decisions about the use of tobacco products. Cessation techniques that are discussed provide students with information that can be used when they make the decision to quit.
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Alcohol and Other Drug Intervention Seminar (AOD)
High school students who have violated the alcohol or other drug regulations in the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) and those students who volunteer for the class may be eligible to attend our three-day seminar. This activity is not intended for students who have already attended the seminar or who have been disciplined for a drug distribution violation. Fairfax County Public Schools works with the students to bring them the most accurate, up-to-date information on alcohol and drugs.
Elementary and middle school students may participate in an in-school intervention support program to be conducted by the Student Safety and Wellness Office. Arrangements will be made with the schools for date and time for intervention.
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As part of the Suspension Intervention procedure, the parents of the students who attend seminar are required to attend a parent information meeting. This program is designed to help the parents understand the concept of addictive disease. They become familiar with the signs, symptoms, and characteristic behaviors exhibited in the different stages of addiction and they are shown some of the most popular drug paraphernalia. They become familiar with the latest trends in drug use and some of the ways students are obtaining drugs. Resources for seeking help are available.
Alcohol Breath-Testing Device
SSAW provides training for middle and high school administrators to ensure proper use of alcohol breath-testing devices. Additionally, the Office of Student Safety and Wellness (SSAW) ensures that the devices are properly calibrated and necessary accessory equipment is provided.
Staff Training Program
Middle and high school principals are contacted to schedule training for their teachers and administrators. The presentation concerns the substances being utilized by youth and includes a display of the various substances and paraphernalia. Information is provided as to how staff can address alcohol and drug issues with youth and provide resources that can assist at-risk students.
SSAW collaborates with Family Life Education (FLE) and Health Education to provide students from kindergarten through grade twelve a current Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention curriculum that meets the National Institute of Drug Abuse Guidelines for Prevention Programs and the Department of Education's Principles of Effectiveness. This collaboration leads to well-researched and written units that are exciting and visually appealing for teachers and students alike. All units emphasize the brain science of addiction and skill based, interactive activities. Specific SSAW responsibilities include: research on prevention education and drug trends, teacher evaluation, updated teacher fact sheets, and in-service education; Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs video preview and recommendations; leadership of the curriculum writing team process; and editing of lessons prior to their final approval by FLE and Health Education.