February 15 Superintendent Letter to Parents

February 15, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Last week a student at our high school ingested a substance we believe was an illegal drug.  Testing has not yet concluded what that substance was.  The student required immediate medical attention by our school staff.   That attention likely saved this student’s life.

The investigation into this matter is still ongoing and may result in legal actions.

The Eldred School District has already arranged for our school busses to carry Narcan and for all our drivers to be trained in using this life saving spray.  Our teachers bus drivers and staff have already begun training in the use of Narcan and will have additional opportunities to be trained in the use of Narcan in a community forum being organized by Sullivan County Drug Task Force and Town of Highland. That training will take place in the gym at Eldred High School at 9:00 am on Saturday February 26. The task Force is requiring pre-registration so that they bring sufficient Narcan kits to the training.  I will be passing on further information regarding that event once I receive it.

 We have a plan, along with members of law enforcement to utilize drug- detecting dogs in our schools.  We are hiring several monitors to watch our multi-use bathrooms so they will not be used as places for illicit activity.

I have made it clear over the years I have served as Superintendent that the safety and well-being of the children is my number one priority.  I know we all share that goal.  I urge you to have a talk with your child and stress the importance of this issue.   Combatting drug use requires a team effort.  I ask you to join us in our endeavor to make our school a drug-free environment.

Cc:  School board members, school administrators, faculty and staff. 

Sincerely yours,

 

John C. Morgano Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools       

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