Mandatory Drug & Alcohol Parent Forum Set Aug. 10, 2021

The annual Drug & Alcohol Parent Forum — an event that is MANDATORY for guardians of all students entering fifth grade and ninth grade, in addition to any middle and high school students new to the district for the 2021-2022 academic year — is slated Tuesday, August 10, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
A letter has been mailed home to families, is pasted below and is also available via our website by clicking this link.
July 2021
To Parents/Guardians of 5th grade, 9th grade and new students:
The Gowanda Central School District, like many schools and communities across the nation, is engaged in a constant effort to keep their students healthy, safe and free of the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. In fact, surveys show that kids who stay drug-free cite parental disapproval as the main reason they abstain.
Unfortunately, too few kids report having had meaningful discussions with their parents about alcohol and other drugs.
In an effort to educate parents about the growing concerns of students using and experimenting with drugs and alcohol, our strategy is to require that one parent or guardian attend our District’s Drug & Alcohol Parent Forum. In coordination with the Village of Gowanda Police Department, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department and Kids Escaping Drugs, the Drug & Alcohol Parent Forum is a 90 minute program that addresses recognition of drugs and drug paraphernalia, signs and symptoms of abuse, health risks associated with abuse and your liability as a parent for hosting and/or purchasing alcohol and other drugs. This year the Drug & Alcohol Forum will be held Tuesday, August 10 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the GCS Auditorium.
COVID 19 Considerations: As of the writing of this letter, current NYS DOH regulations mandate that any non-vaccinated individuals must wear a mask and make an effort to maintain safe social distance at public gatherings. Please note: GCS will not be asking for proof of vaccination at the meeting. This will be on the honor system.
Attendance is MANDATORY for all parents/guardians of students entering grade 5 and grade 9, as well as for parents/guardians of students new or re-enrolling to Gowanda Middle School and Gowanda High School.
You MUST attend the forum to allow your child to participate in any MS/HS special events. Special events include, but are not limited to: athletic teams, musicals/plays, school clubs and organizations, school dances (middle school and high school), field trips (music, athletic and classroom-related) and the Junior/Senior Prom.
One adult per household is required to attend one session. Once met, this requirement is valid for the remainder of your child’s career in each school.
Thank you in advance for your compliance and for your support of this important effort to prevent substance abuse in our school and community. If you have questions or concerns, or to view the video of this program during school hours, please feel free to call the school offices at 532-3325 ext. 6002 (HS) or ext. 5003 (MS).
Sincerely,
Dr. Robert D. Anderson, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Gowanda Central School District
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