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Safe & Drug Free Schools

Safe & Drug Free Schools

The purpose of the Safe and Drug-Free School and Communities (SDFSC) program is to:
  • Support programs that prevent violence in and around schools
  • Prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Involve parents
  • Coordinate with related federal, state, and community efforts and
  • Provide resources to promote safe and drug-free schools and communities

Federal Funds

The Safe and Drug-Free School and communities Act was established to provide state and local education agencies funding to develop and enhance educational programs of violence and drug prevention, early intervention, and rehabilitation referral in elementary and secondary schools. Private nonprofit school children and teachers are assured equitable participation in the purposes and benefits of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program.
 
To receive the funding for this program, a grant application is completed and approved by the Texas Education Agency. LISD participates with the Region XIII Education Service Center in a shared service arrangement. The ESC XIII is the fiscal agent for the program and also provides assistance with various parts of the program.

Program
 
The curricular content of each SDFSC program is presented during classroom activities or small/large group activities. Teachers, counselor, or community representatives, as appropriate, present these activities. The following is a list of some of the activities provided:
  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Crime Information
  • Disciplinary Information
  • Drug Abuse
  • Health and Safety in Schools
  • Prevention
  • Teaching Materials
  • Tobacco
  • Traumatic Events
  • Violence

SDFSC Advisory Council

The District has a Safe and Drug Free Advisory Council that is required by statute to:
  • Review and discuss the SAS-213 application
  • Review program evaluations
  • Promote coordination activities
  • Disseminate information

The Advisory Council meets during the year to oversee the program implementation and make recommendations to the District and campus improvement committees.
 
The school counselors are members of this council. The school counselors play a major role in the program by organizing and facilitating student activities.Some additional topics covered by the Advisory Council included:
  • Violence Prevention
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Personal Health
  • Crisis Prevention Alcohol Awareness
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Teen Violence
  • P.A.P.A.
  • Big Decisions
  • Criminal Justice Classes
  • Military Presentations
  • Conflict Resolution

Evaluation

An annual evaluation is conducted each year and sent to the state to determine the program’s effectiveness.