Substance Abuse Resources
On April 16, 2013, we had our last parent discussion group
devoted to the issue of kids and substances in our community and schools. Unfortunately, there were numerous questions
and only limited time to address all the concerns. Those in attendance requested that more
information be provided. In an effort to
do this, we have posted the list of questions that were presented that night
and some relevant handouts that may, in part, speak to some of the concerns. Included is a list of websites that you can access
to gain more detailed information. As
Donna Foyle of Serenity House also noted, you can “google” almost any topic,
word or phrase and numerous resources will pop up. The internet is truly a wonderful tool, but
there are also times when it can be your greatest nemesis, as our kids search
for information related to this issue as well!
It is still our belief that a discussion format is the best
way to disseminate information and address concerns. As we near the end of the school year, the Social
Work staff will be putting together a series of informative sessions beginning
in the fall of the 2013-2014 school year.
Each of these sessions will be devoted to a specific topic and aimed to
inform about a relevant issue from our discussion last Tuesday. The Social Work staff, as well as community
professionals, will moderate and present at these meetings. Topics will include:
- Sex, drugs, rock and roll, Welcome to the 21st
century…What a parent needs to know!
- Having the difficult conversation…what do I say
and how do I say it?
- Setting developmentally appropriate limits for
my student…”but everyone else is going”!
- “I think there may be a problem”…how do I know
and what do I do?
- Student Athletes and Substance Abuse
- Parents, schools and community…How can we
continue to work together? A
conversation with parents, treatment providers and police who are struggling
with this issue.
We will have information specific to each of these subjects
as well as information on our other daytime seminars available to parents as
the new school year begins. Please look
for this on the district website and in your schools. There is one other note of interest for those
of you who have a student in the health classes at WWSHS. Yesterday, Donna Foyle came with some of the
recovering young people she works with through Serenity House and had them
speak about their personal journey from addiction to recovery. One of these individuals was a 2010 graduate
of WWSHS. I believe his story was eye
opening for many and would be a good conversation starter if, per chance, your
student was present to hear this.
With approximately a
month of school left before our current group of Seniors graduates, we hope the
end of the school year, as well as the
upcoming summer, will be a productive and safe one for you and your
family. Please remember, if at any time
you have concerns or questions, please contact one of the social workers in
your student’s building and they will be more than willing to help.
Thanks for your attention to such a critical issue in the
lives of your children.Drug Facts
Drug Guide - English
Drug Guide - Spanish
7 Ways to Tell if Someone is Using Heroin
What Makes Heroin So Addictive?
SAMHSA Illinois Drug Stats
Detour Program (Linden Oaks)
Special Education Resources
Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Information
Below you will find resources that will help parents navigate the IEP process.
Understanding Special Education in Illinois Illinois State Board of Education
CUSD 200 IEP Process Information (May 2012)
IEP Student & Parent Workbook Illinois State Board of Education
IEP Procedural Safeguards Illinois State Board of Education
Additional Parent Resources
Illinois State Board of Education Parents Page
UPS for Downs
DuPage County Transition Planning Committee-Guide
Illinois Special Olympics
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