- EDUCATE STUDENTS about the dangerous effects of tobacco, alcohol and drug use and help them develop healthy coping skills and life management strategies so they can make informed and education decisions.
- EDUCATE STAFF, PARENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS about the kinds of substances students are using and their dangerous effects; the signs and why they are using; and how we can help them make better choices.
The WSISD Drug and Alcohol Task Force was established in the spring of 2012 in response to a growing number of students using tobacco, alcohol, and drugs (with alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs as the greatest concerns).
WSISD faces the same challenges as the surrounding communities regarding this growing epidemic, but we believe it’s imperative to bring this issue to the forefront and educate our students, staff, families, and the community about the dangers our kids face, said Superintendent Frank Molinar.
In developing the Task Force goals, making our students, staff, families and the community aware of the problem was our first priority.
“We MUST be informed about what our kids are using; how it affects them; and how we can help our children avoid drugs and alcohol so every child has the opportunity for a great future.”
The number of students using prescription drugs and substances around the house to 'get high' has increased dramatically over the last couple years, said Desiree Coyle, communications director and chair of the Task Force.
"Oftentimes, we as parents don't realize what's right at our kids' fingertips—the prescriptions we have in our medicine cabinets and the household chemicals that can be used to get high,” she said. “Kids experiment without knowing just how dangerous it is."
The types of substances students may use changes continually, she said. “The Task Force will provide continual education that’s aligned with the changing times.”