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Hart District Offers Free Webinar On Drug Availability

William_S_Hart_districtThe Hart School District has scheduled an online free webinar from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to educate parents and students about drugs that are being used by students in local neighborhoods. This is the fourth in an ongoing series and will focus on alcohol use and abuse. Visit: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/993231454 to register.

The District’s drug awareness and education program, called CADRE (Comprehensive Alcohol and Drug Reduction and Education), in coordination with Medtox Laboratories have developed a program to help parents and students understand these issues, encourage prevention and provide support.


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Alcohol is often overlooked because it is legal (for over 21) and very prevalent in society. Alcohol, however, is the most abused of all drugs within the United States and can cause tremendous health problems. These health problems are compounded in juveniles as their brains and bodies have not hit full maturity. Topics covered in this webinar include health issues, current trends and ways parents can stay better informed to look for alcohol use and abuse.

“The District is committed to helping our community, parents and students to become drug free and drug aware,” Kathy Hunter, Coordinator of Student Services said. “We are continuing our very informative webinar series and will continue to add information on the District’s website to better inform and educate parents.”

The CADRE program empowers students by giving them a reason to say NO to illegal drug and alcohol use and also provides parents with assurances that their sons or daughters are not using drugs or alcohol. CADRE offers voluntary random drug testing which gives students a reason to say NO to drug use, while promoting a safe and drug-free school environment and encouraging responsible decision making.

Additionally, CADRE offers seminars to educate students and parents about the types of drugs used and abused in the school community and how to detect signs of drug or alcohol use. CADRE also offers counseling support by an approved licensed drug counselor when drug use has been detected.

CADRE is a voluntary program of the Hart School District. More information is available on the District’s website: http://hartdistrict.org/index.php/students/cadre

The webinar will be posted for future viewing on the above website approximately two weeks following the presentation. The previous three webinars are available for viewing on the website.

The Hart School District works closely with the SCV Sheriff’s Department and the City of Santa Clarita in a pro-active approach to keep students safe and drug free, through education and school and citywide programs.