Dr. McDade Discusses Substance Abuse Prevention and Required Immunizations

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Pricey PWCS Families, Employees, and Local community,

Prime of thoughts at the finish of this 7 days is the recent details shared by the Prince William County Law enforcement Section (PWPD) concerning 3 teenager overdoses, which include 1 that led to the demise of one particular of our learners. We are heartbroken by these occasions and our views and prayers are with their people and close friends. According to the PWPD, these incidents are linked to fentanyl-laced counterfeit types of the drug Percocet, at times referred to as “Perc30.”

According to the Countrywide Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “the misuse of and addiction to opioids-such as ache relievers such as fentanyl is a significant countrywide disaster that has an effect on public health as perfectly as social and financial welfare.” As a neighborhood, we must remain vigilant and educated on how to finest help our youth and with each other avoid misuse, dependancy, and even demise connected with substance abuse.

As portion of this instruction effort, remember to evaluate the specific Household Engagement Series session known as “Compound Abuse-Let’s Converse About It.” This virtual event delivered mom and dad and other caregivers with the applications necessary to commence discussions with our pupils. I also inspire all students, families, employees, and local community customers to review beneficial methods, which include indications of drug and liquor abuse, at our Substance Abuse Avoidance webpage.

In addition, lifesaving Narcan nasal spray is readily available from PWC Group Providers. By attending a 60-moment virtual REVIVE teaching session, you might discover the indications of opioid use, habit, overdose, and how to answer applying Narcan. There are three courses scheduled in December and additional info can be identified on the Local community Services gatherings calendar.

If you have worries about your kid, or your household, the Material Abuse and Mental Health Companies Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline is a totally free, private, 24/7, 365-working day-a-year treatment method referral and information and facts service (in English and Spanish) for persons and family members going through psychological and/or material use disorders. Make contact with 1-800-662-Support (4357) for aid. SAMHSA also has a therapy locator obtainable on their web page. In addition, you may also access out to your child’s school for help.

As a reminder, the December 14 immunization deadline is promptly approaching. Learners who keep on being non-compliant with their immunization(s) will be excluded from college on December 15, 2022. Immunization compliance is a condition and federal requirement. Households may possibly perspective details about university student compliance with demanded immunizations in ParentVUE. I invite you to browse extra about the Immunization Deadline.

Small children might be vaccinated at the Manassas or Woodbridge clinics of the Prince William County Wellness Section or via other medical professionals. Vaccinations expected for entry into university are absolutely free at county overall health clinics. The Prince William Wellness District could be achieved at the adhering to phone quantities: Manassas Clinic (703-792-6300) or Woodbridge Clinic (703-792-7300).

PWCS is at the mid-level of the second marking period. I stimulate people to verify in on your student’s serious-time grades by means of ParentVUE . If you have queries about your child’s tutorial standing, be sure to reach out to your child’s instructor or university counselor.

I would like to congratulate the Independence Large Faculty football staff, whose acquire final Saturday qualified them for the point out championship in Class 6. We want the Eagles the greatest of luck this weekend vs. James Madison Superior Faculty. The video game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. this Saturday at Outdated Dominion College. Go Eagles!

I also want to remind all learners, people, and workers, that just about every faculty day is critical in a child’s training. Just about every educational hour is filled with promising prospective, and it is our collective obligation to fill each and every day with lessons from the dwelling home to the classroom. We search ahead to viewing all of our college students each and every working day in the course of our very last week right before winter season break.


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LaTanya D. McDade, Ed.D.
Prince William County Public Colleges