Among the most serious concerns we face as we work together to raise and educate our children is the growing problem of drug and alcohol abuse throughout our state, including Oldham County. Our schools reflect community issues and problems. Jefferson County recently received federal designation as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Drug-related arrests by the Oldham County Police Department increased in 2008 by 54% over 2007. Oldham County Schools’ suspension rates for drug- and alcohol-related issues increased by 45% for 2008-09 over 2007-08, a dramatic increase for the first time in nearly ten years. We are taking a number of steps to address this issue this year and we want to make sure our students and their families understand the severity of these trends and the dangerous nature of illegal/unauthorized drug and alcohol abuse.
When a student is determined to be in possession and/or using illegal/unauthorized drugs/alcohol while under the jurisdiction of Oldham County Schools, the student will be suspended immediately. Law enforcement will be contacted and legal charges may be filed. The following process will be in place:
- The parent/guardian and student must make an appointment to meet with the Director of School Health Services for a drug/alcohol assessment.
- The parent/guardian and student must make an appointment with the Assistant Superintendent/Student Services for a reentry meeting to be held at the Oldham County Board of Education office and bring the assessment confirmation form.
- The student (grades 6-12) will be assigned to Buckner Alternative High School for a period of time to be determined by a number of factors.
- Treatment recommendations and parent support options will be provided.
- Students who are trafficking and distributing illegal/unauthorized drugs will be recommended for expulsion from Oldham County Schools for one calendar year.
As Superintendent Paul Upchurch says: “The Oldham County school district has committed to a mission that will move a high performing and very successful school district forward to a level of excellence that will equip every student with the knowledge, critical life skills and strategies roduced
by such a world-class education. Achieving these outcomes will position students to be productive and engaged citizens.”
We take very seriously our collective responsibilities to do everything in our power to keep our kids safe at school and school-related events. I encourage you to contact me if you have questions/concerns about additional ways to keep our students safe and drug-free.
Assistant Superintendent, Student Services
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Last Updated on Monday, 17 September 2012 22:12