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Important notice from the Superintendent of Schools- Grade 10 students
For parent/guardians of students in GRADE 10- JA


EVERETT V. OLSEN, Jr., M.B.A.   COURTNEY L. MORAN, M.Ed.
Superintendent of Schools       Director of Pupil Services

KERRY CLERY, Ed.D.      KATHLEEN AUTH
Assistant Superintendent of     Director of School Finance
Curriculum & Instruction
        


Westford Public Schools
Administrative Offices
23 Depot St.  ï  Westford, Massachusetts 01886
www.westfordk12.us  ï  (978) 692-5560   ï   FAX (978) 392-4497

February 5, 2018


Dear Parents and Legal Guardians of Students in Grades 8 and 10,

In early December, I communicated to you that in compliance with MGL Chapter 71, Section 96 & 97, our school system would be conducting verbal screenings of students in grades 8 and 10.  The intent of this screening is to help prevent students from beginning the use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs, along with providing assistance to students if they are currently using such substances.

The verbal screening of students in grades 8 and 10 will take place on the following dates:

Blanchard Middle School         February 26 & 27 and March 1 & 2
Stony Brook Middle School       March 5, 6 and 7
Westford Academy                March 19 ñ 23

Students who are not using substances will have their healthy choices reinforced by the screener.  The screener will provide brief feedback to any student who reports using substances, or who is at risk for future substance use.  If needed, we will refer students to our counseling staff for further evaluation.  This program focuses on substance use prevention and does not generate disciplinary action.~Results of the screening will not be included in your studentís school record.  The screening is voluntary, and students may choose not to answer any or all of the screening questions.

As with any school screening, you have the right to opt your child out of this screening.  To opt-out, please complete the attached opt-out form and return it to your childís school nurse no later than Monday, February 26, 2018.

I ask that you discuss this screening with your child along with the importance of avoiding substance abuse.  Additional information may be found at the links below.

Sincerely,
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Everett V. Olsen, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools

Additional information may be found at the links below:
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Westford Public Schools
Administrative Offices
23 Depot St.  ï  Westford, Massachusetts 01886
www.westfordk12.us  ï  (978) 692-5560   ï   FAX (978) 392-4497



February 5, 2018

SCREENING BRIEF INTERVENTION AND REFERRAL TO TREATMENT (SBIRT)

SCREENING OPT-OUT


In order to exercise your parental right to opt your child out of the SBIRT screening, this form must be completed and returned to the school nurse no later than Monday, February 26, 2018.


I __________________________________ excuse my child _____________________________
               Parent/Guardian Name                                        Studentís Name


from the SBIRT Substance Abuse Screening.



___________________________________             ___________________
Parent/Guardian Signature                                       Date




Return to the school nurse by Monday, February 26, 2018

Westford Academy   •   30 Patten Road  •  Westford, MA 01886   •   Tel: (978) 692-5570

Westford Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or homelessness.