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Norwin superintendent presents drug education program at national conference

Jamie Martines
| Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, 2:27 p.m.
Kyle Hodges

Norwin School District Superintendent William Kerr on Thursday shared the district's progress with implementing the Operation Prevention drug education program at the 2017 City Summit conference in Charlotte, N.C.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Discovery Education and the National League of Cities hosted the conference. It examined responses to the opioid epidemic and ways schools can educate students about drug use.

“With Norwin School District being one of the first school districts in the country to pilot Operation Prevention, I am excited to attest to the program's impact on our students of all ages and promote its implementation in even more classrooms,” Kerr, who participated in a panel at the conference, said in a statement.

Operation Prevention is a joint initiative of the DEA and Discovery Education. The program was integrated into health and physical education classes at Norwin Middle School this spring and is designed to teach students about the science behind addiction and how drugs affect the body.

The district decided to expand the program to the high school and elementary grade levels this school year and is working with the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit to support the implementation of drug education programs throughout the county.

Other districts in Westmoreland County have also considered implementing the Operation Prevention Curriculum.

Amendments to the Pennsylvania School Code, which became law earlier this month, contain provisions that require schools to implement drug education programs.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at jmartines@tribweb.com, 724-850-2867 or on Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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