Please note that this forum is for PARENTS ONLY.
It seems that not a day goes by without hearing about the devastating effects of opioid and drug abuse in our communities. The recent news of four fatal overdoses in one weekend, right in our backyards, is beyond troubling – it’s downright scary.
Every day, we send our children into the world hoping that they make good decisions and that our influence and support helps prevent them from heading down the wrong path. But unfortunately, the misuse of both prescription and illicit drugs is a problem that plagues our communities, and is becoming an epidemic among our youth.
This school year, we have seen an increase in disciplinary procedures for students who were caught with illegal substances on school premises. Conversations with colleagues in local districts have proven that this is not a “Goshen problem” – they are seeing this unfortunate trend in their own schools as well.
The district is determined to empower our students to make good decisions by partnering with our parents and the community. On Monday, February 12, the Goshen Central School District will host a parent forum on the subject of substance abuse among children. Parents will learn about awareness, prevention, and have an opportunity to ask questions. The forum will be led by New York State Trooper Craig A. Vedder, School and Community Outreach Coordinator for Greene, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster counties. The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. at the C. J. Hooker Middle School and is open to all district parents. Learn more about the parent forum on February 12
As superintendent of schools, I invite all parents, K-12, to attend this important forum. It’s never too early – or too late – to start a conversation with your child about the devastating effects of drug abuse.
There are also many online and local resources for parents to learn about the warning signs of substance abuse and to find guidance on how to talk to children about alcohol and drug abuse:
- Partnership for Drug Free Kids
- New York State Talk2Prevent Parent Toolkit
- Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County
- HOPEline – Call 1-877-8-HOPENY or by text 467369. Toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week hotline staffed by trained clinicians who can answer questions and offer treatment referrals.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact me at 615-6720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Superintendent of Schools