VA Gov. Issues Executive Order Mandating Parental Notice of School-connected Drug ODs

On November 1, 2023, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin issued an Executive Order requiring schools to notify all parents of a school-connected drug overdose within 24 hours. Interestingly, it does not define what is considered to be a school-connected drug overdose, which places school officials in a tenuous position. The directive…

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NAPSA Sponsor Oasis Offers Exciting Opportunity for Schools: Get a FREE Spring Mental Health Pilot Program

Oasis understands the challenges that educational institutions face in supporting students' well-being and success. That's why they’re thrilled to introduce an exclusive offer to you. Get a FREE spring mental health pilot program when you sign up for the 2024-25 academic year. Oasis’s comprehensive package includes tools to mitigate risk…

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Joint USDE-White House Letter Urges Schools to Protect Kids from Poisonings

As reported by K-12 Dive, on October 30, 2023 the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and White House issued a joint “Dear colleague” letter urging schools to protect students from substance abuse and drug poisonings by providing preventative education and preparing for opioid overdoses. In fact, overdose deaths among teens…

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Teacher Apprenticeship Programs are Flourishing Across the US: NAPSA Conference Speakers Led the Way

It’s been nearly two years since the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) approved the first registered teacher apprenticeship program between Tennessee’s Clarksville-Montgomery County School System and Austin Peay State University. In fact, at last month's 57th Annual NAPSA Conference our attendees were treated to a presentation by those who implemented…

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Research: Absenteeism a Major Problem, Use Appropriate Strategies to Address

According to research by EAB, an education consulting firm, to reduce chronic absenteeism school districts should use targeted and tailored approaches that focus on three populations — parents, teachers and secondary school students. Approaches should be based on empathy and clear communication about attendance expectations and the value of in-person learning. EAB…

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