Dr. Rochelle Dunn
Safe & Drug-Free Schools/Mental Health Coordinator
Phone: (614) 337-3768
Fax: (614) 337-3769
About the Program
Gahanna-Jefferson Schools’ efforts to provide a Safe & Drug-Free environment include dedicated resources to support programming to students, staff and parents. We recognize that student use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) can negatively impact their educational goals, as well as their social and emotional growth. Furthermore, we strive to create a safe environment for all students in which to thrive. These efforts are guided by seven factors of effective prevention: policy, enforcement, collaboration, communications, education, early intervention, and alternative programs.
Our district works very closely with the Educational Council Consortium to provide intervention programs, staff development and parent education programs. The K-12 Health and Guidance curricula in the district are embedded with prevention education models, including those based on effective programs such as Project Alert and the Second Step program, and referrals to our partnership with district mental health specialists. The district's Character Education initiative, incorporating feedback from a student survey as well as parent and community views, identified character traits that all school buildings and community members now recognize and celebrate monthly. Students receive prevention education throughout their years at Gahanna-Jefferson Schools from multiple sources.
The district supports multiple alternative activities that encourage Safe & Drug-Free choices. The most prominent is Youth to Youth, an international organization with roots here in central Ohio that supports drug-free lifestyles through fun and leadership activities. Clubs are offered at the middle and high school levels.
Support services are also provided to help students adjust to life changes such as divorce, to learn anger management skills, or to help students learn appropriate social skills. This may also include after school activities.
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Gahanna-Jefferson Schools recognizes that parents have a strong influence on their children’s values and choices. Therefore, the district strives to supply parents with education and programs to support the vitally important task they have – rearing healthy children. Building-specific programs are offered depending on need, in addition to district education programs such as Street Smart, a drug-trend program for adults. Further programming is offered through the Educational Council Consortium, including Parent to Parent, Together in Parenting (elementary), Middle School and High School Saturday Family Workshops, Family Intervention Programs and a Resource Center open to all.
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Through our collaboration with other Franklin County districts in the Educational Council Consortium, Gahanna-Jefferson Schools are able to offer a wide variety of staff development opportunities. Many of these are of no cost to staff or can be taken for Master’s level credit. Go to www.edcouncil.org and click on the Educational Council Consortium link to learn about current offerings and to register.
Consultation services are also available to staff regarding social, emotional and substance abuse issues through our district SDFS coordinator, our guidance program and our partnership with the Magellan program. Staff are encouraged to familiarize themselves with support services available within their building and throughout the district. Often these personnel sit on building student intervention teams.