Muskego — The Muskego-Norway Schools are already working on its end of the drug fight with a team developing strategies for children as young as kindergarten, said Ted Gennerman, director of assessment and student service.
And after the first offense, the schools are seeking to build in support for students, he said, and be sure that drug information gets into parents' hands.
These measures will be in addition to efforts the schools are already making, Gennerman said.
Those measures start in earnest at the middle schools when D.A.R.E. program police members present to fifth-graders. It focuses on responsible decision-making, the risks of alcohol and drugs, dealing with peer pressure and how to get help with problems, Gennerman said.
In addition, police make presentations on heroin and other drugs to grades five through eight and the schools have harassment training and how to set personal boundaries, Gennerman said.
Alcohol and other drug abuse information is covered in freshmen and junior health classes and the police resource officer makes presentations in health classes.
Police also make unannounced searches with a drug-sniffing dog at the high school and at each middle school twice a year, he said.
In addition, the social worker has been upgraded from part-time to full-time next year, he said.
Finally, in spring 2012, Muskego police put on a presentation on drugs and alcohol attended by up to 75 people, Gennerman said.
— Jane Ford-Stewart
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