Tips for Teachers

Teaching in a Safe & Drug Free Classroom

Tips for Teachers

  • Consider beginning the school year by asking your students to write a paragraph about themselves and their goals for the future. Learning student goals will help you to know them better.
  • Walk your classroom and observe doodles, drawings and writings on their notebooks.  Concerns should always be communicated with the school counselor, principal and/or SAP team.
  • Between class periods, consider standing outside of the classroom in the hallways.  Observe student behavior and conversations.
  • Always report to the principal overheard conversations that implicate parties, harassment or bullying.
  • Post and reinforce anti-drug and anti-bullying messages in your classroom.
  • Using your hand out on potential signs and symptoms of drug use, be sure to include any observed behaviors on all student assistance referral forms.
  • When you have a student returning to school after undergoing oral surgery, inform the student's counselor.  It would be a good time for the counselor to contact the parents to recommend that  the pain medications prescribed are supervised.