GNA NEWS AND HAPPENINGS
Students face new drug policies
Citizens Voice - Exerpt
Greater Nanticoke school district plans to have the life-saving drug naloxone in schools this year to deal with the opioid crisis and possible overdoses in school.
District policy addresses the proper storage and administration on Narcan in the event its ever needed, said Ronald Grevera, superintendent at Greater Nanticoke Area. This is a proactive step with the hope that it will never need to be utilized.
Greater Nanticoke expects to receive Narcan in September from the state, which will provide a set amount and is not providing a monetary grant for the district to buy Narcan, Grevera said.
New attendance rules
School districts this year are required to implement new state-mandated attendance regulations and must now hold conferences with parents after a student has a third unexcused absence.
At the conference, district officials and parents will discuss truancy and develop an attendance improvement plan. A fourth unexcused absence will result in referral to a district magistrate, and districts also must report additional unexcused absences to either the magistrate or the county children and youth agency.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Greater Nanticoke Area School District, and throughout the year, the district will be recognizing the founding of the district through athletic events, Grevera said.
The first event was at Fridays football game, and alumni who played football for Nanticoke between 1967-2017 were admitted for free, Grevera said. The district unveiled a new state of the art lighting system at the alumni night game.
The LED system was a project through Musco Lighting, which has provided sports stadium lighting at Clemson University, Auburn University, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Notre Dame Stadium, Petco Park in San Diego and Ford Field in Detroit, Grevera said.
Kennedy Elementary School will remain under construction this year and will reopen for 2018-19 as the Kennedy Early Childhood Center for Pre-K through the second grade.
The new school will be equipped with a multipurpose room which will serve as a gym and full service cafeteria, special education offices, nurses suite, numerous classrooms including two pre-K classrooms and a large group instruction room that will be utilized as a media center and a room for special programs, Grevera said.
While construction is taking place this year, the road into the high school across from Noble Street will be shut down as construction is expected to continue through June 2018.
The high school this year will offer a career exploration course, which is new to the high school curriculum, Grevera said.
In addition to examining numerous areas of careers, students will have an opportunity to complete job shadows to determine a career path, Grevera said.