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Awareness
"Our region is battling a drug epidemic and our community is not immune." Mike Von Gunten, Superintendent of Firelands Local Schools.  
 
At FLSD, we are working together to create a community of lifelong learners that will function as responsible, self-sufficient citizens of a global society. Many factors influence the path that students will take. With the health of our students and community in mind, we will continue to share information that will support this effort. 
 
According to a recent report by the Center for Disease Control, Ohio is now second in overdose deaths nationwide. See the report here.
 
With this information in mind, our BOE approved a random drug testing policy for students in grades 9-12 that participate in athletics or having driving/parking privileges at Firelands High School. The intent of the policy is not to punitive, but rather to identify an issue early and assist the student and their family in any possible way. A link to our drug testing policy is available here.
 
 It is our hope that the information on this page will assist you and your family in your search for solutions. Please feel free to contact our school counselors for additional support. Their information can be found under the Student Resource Section, on the right.
Community Programs

211 - Get Connected. Get Answers.

 
Call 211 or  (800) 275-6106 for assistance with:
Food, Clothing & Basic Needs 
Emergency Assistance for Housing & Utilities
Health Care & Health Insurance
Education for all Ages & Stages
Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment
Government & Community Support Services
Income Support, Employment & Job Training
 Health & Wellness Program
and so much more! 

Dating Abuse

Dating abuse is a pattern of behaviors one person uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner. 
 Click into Loveisrespect.org to help you recoginze warning signs in your relationship.  Live chat is available as well as texting and telephone assistance.
 

Overdose Prevention Available

Access to life saving Naloxone/Narcan is available at The Lorain County General Health District: 9880 South Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, OH. Hours are from 8:00 - 4:00 pm and appointments are appreciated at (440) 322-6327. Learn more about Naloxone/Narcan here.
 
Navigator 
Lorain County board of Mental Health
 
Call 440-204-7025 for yourself, or your child and discuss your mental health concerns. The Navigator will connect you with an agency that provides mental health services and will help with making appointments, payment issues, transportation, or language barriers.
 
 
In School Prevention by Building

Firelands High School 

 
Graciela Torres from LCADA provides in classroom educational curriculum along with individual counseling. Services at the high school:

Educational Services

Botvin Life Skills Curriculums are an evidence-based program that is run in Mr. Kudela’s Freshman Health Classes, and Mr. Kovi’s CBI Classes. This program is designed to promote positive youth development through it’s learning objectives. Students are taught;

  • Personal Self-management Skills: Student develop skills that help them enhance self-esteem, develop problem-solving abilities, reduce stress and anxiety, and manage anger.
  • General Social Skills: Students gain skills to meet personal challenges such as overcoming shyness, communicating clearly, building relationships, and avoiding violence.
  • Drug Resistance Skills: Student build effective defenses against pressure to use tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

These curriculums are run as supplemental educational tools, along-side what is already being taught by their teachers, though activities, worksheets, and powerpoint presentations.

Prevention Model

We provides one-on-one services for students and/or family members who have questions or concerns relating to tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. Students and family members can approach the prevention staff directly or call the High School and request an appointment. Our staff can provide one on one educational services for any student who has violated the school tobacco, drug, and alcohol policies. Within this service students will identify the pros and cons to using, establish goals for themselves, and be evaluated on their use where additional services may be suggested. 

 

 
South Amherst Middle School
 
Graciela Torres from LCADA provides in classroom educational curriculum along with individual counseling. Services at the middle school:
 
Educational Services 
 
Botvin Life Skills Curriculums are an evidence-based program that is run in Mr. Baumbauer’s 8th Grade Health Classes. This program is designed to promote positive youth development through it’s learning objectives. Students are taught:
 
  • Personal Self-management Skills: Student develop skills that help them enhance self-esteem, develop problem-solving abilities, reduce stress and anxiety, and manage anger.
  • General Social Skills: Students gain skills to meet personal challenges such as overcoming shyness, communicating clearly, building relationships, and avoiding violence.
  • Drug Resistance Skills: Student build effective defenses against pressure to use tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

 **Students and family members can contact the Lacada Staff directly at (440) 282-4777 or call the Middle/High School and request an appointment.

 
Work and Family Class 
  • 8th grade Work and Family classes work with Drug Education Kits and the effects that drugs have on our bodies. An emphasis is placed on opioids and information is taken from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • Fatal Vision Program is taught: Stopping the consequences of alcohol misuse and abuse.
  • The SOS curriculum (Signs of Suicide Prevention Program) is taught to every 7th and 9th grade student.
 
Red Ribbon Week 
 
Red Ribbon Week is held to raise awareness regarding the drug issues that our students face. Every October the theme changes as it is a national movement.
 
 
Firelands Elementary School 
 

DARE Program

Deputy Tony Kovachs from the Lorain County Sheriff’s office teaches 11 DARE lessons in each fifth grade classroom. DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. DARE’s mission is to teach students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives.

Too Good for Drugs

Mrs. Schuster, School Counselor, teaches lessons in each K – 4 classroom using the Too Good for Drugs curriculum. This program is research-based and proven effective to reduce the intention to use drugs/alcohol and delay the onset of first use, which decreases the chance of addiction and increases the success of students in school. Each grade level receives four or five developmentally appropriate lessons. Lessons primarily focus on five skills which translate into such universal concepts as making positive choices and learning strategies for handling peer pressure:

  • goal setting
  • decision making
  • identifying/managing emotions
  • communicating effectively
  • social competence 
 
Red Ribbon Week
 
Red Ribbon Week is held to raise awareness regarding the drug issues that our students face. T
 
You are not alone
Student Resources
(440) 965-5335 
 
Ms. Cozza, FHS
(440) 965-5335
 
(440) 986-7021 
 
(440) 986-7021 
 
(440) 965-5381 
 
For students (13-18) affected by someones drinking
 
(844) 723-3764 
 
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-TALK 
 
Text "4hope" to 741 741
 
(800) 656-4673 
 
1-800-888-6161 
 
Parent Resources
(440) 288-4777
 
(440) 233-7232
1(800) 888-6161 Crisis Line 
 
(440)323-5121
 
(440) 327-1800
 
(440) 984-3882
 
(877) MADDHELP
   
Building a Drug-Free Future 
 
 
Society for the Prevention fo Teen Suicide 
Family Resources
(440) 277-6969
 
(440) 779-4357
 
(440) 963-0147 
 
(440) 823-6177 
 
(440) 336-1106
 
(419) 625-5269 
 
1-(800) 639-4974 
 
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Programs
 Parent Night
 February 22, 2018
K-12 grade parents
 
 
15 Minutes for Life
6-8 grades
Program presented by Ohio State Highway Patrol 
Fall 2017 
 
11th & 12th grade Underage Drinking Survey
Fall 2017 
 
Pride Surveys
6th, 8th, 10th grade anonymouse alcohol-related questions
Spring 2017
  
March 23, 2017 
 
Alex Sheen guest speaker at SAMS
November 16, 2016 
 
Digitial Danger Presentation
May 16, 2016
5-8 grades 
 
April 1, 2016 
 
Addiction - "Let's Get Real
March 30, 2016
 
March 21, 2016
 
Anti-bullying Assembly- FES
 March 2, 2016
 
April 30, 2016
Informational Flyer
Online Safety
Dating Abuse
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
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