Teaching in a Safe & Drug Free Classroom
Tips for Teachers
- Consider beginning the school year by asking your students to write a paragraph about themselves and their goals for the future. Learning student goals will help you to know them better.
- Walk your classroom and observe doodles, drawings and writings on their notebooks. Concerns should always be communicated with the school counselor, principal and/or SAP team.
- Between class periods, consider standing outside of the classroom in the hallways. Observe student behavior and conversations.
- Always report to the principal overheard conversations that implicate parties, harassment or bullying.
- Post and reinforce anti-drug and anti-bullying messages in your classroom.
- Using your hand out on potential signs and symptoms of drug use, be sure to include any observed behaviors on all student assistance referral forms.
- When you have a student returning to school after undergoing oral surgery, inform the student’s counselor. It would be a good time for the counselor to contact the parents to recommend that the pain medications prescribed are supervised.