• Safe and Drug Free Schools

    Character Education
    A comprehensive approach to develop and integrate character development into all aspects of school culture, school function and existing curriculum.
    • Recognizes the six positive character traits: respect, responsibility, caring, citizenship, justice and fairness, and trustworthiness
    • Requires partnerships between the schools, students, parents, business, civic, and faith communities

    Discovery Education

    Discovery Health Connection is a convenient subscription-based online resource that gives educators access to curriculum programs, teacher’s guides, worksheets, videos, literacy lessons, and extension activities addressing critical health and prevention issues.


    Drug Free Community Forum
    A school/community sponsored event which provides drug-free alternatives to McDowell County.
    • Supports healthy, drug-free life styles
    • Builds community coalitions to implement comprehensive alcohol and other drug prevention strategies
    Get Real About Violence
    A violence prevention curriculum designed to target the attitudes and behaviors that underlie violence.
    • Violence is everyone’s problem Violence should not be accepted or tolerated
    • Each of us can be a powerful force in reducing violence
    Life Skills
    Life skills is a prevention program that focuses on social and psychological factors promoting the initiation and early stages of substance use/abuse:
    • Develop personal and social skills
    • Teach a combination of health information, general life skills, and drug resistance skills
    Prevention Resource Officers
    The Prevention Resource Officer Program places law enforcement officers in the schools with the goal of creating and maintaining a safe, secure, and orderly learning environment for students, teachers, and staff:
    • The officers provide law enforcement and public safety education, deter crime, facilitate drug, alcohol, and violence programs
    • Act as mentors and positive role models for students
    Red Ribbon / Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness Week
    Activities and programs designed to enhance school and community drug and alcohol awareness:
    • Create awareness concerning the alcohol and other drug problems facing every community
    • Encourage neighborhood prevention planning and activities
    Positive Behavior Intervention Support
    The PBIS program teaches students responsible behaviors. This program assists students in becoming organized and dependable individuals capable of making good judgments for themselves:
    • Provides a safe, disciplined environment in our schools where students are focused on learning and where discipline problems diminish
    • Instills in children the qualities society expects from people; common courtesy, manners, respect for others, self-discipline, and accountability
Last Modified on April 27, 2020