Safe-Drug Free Schools & Communities Program
The purpose of the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Program is to foster a safe and drug-free learning environment that supports academic achievement. Schools and school systems across the state of Alabama are expected to support programs that prevent violence in and around schools; that prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; that involve parents and communities; and that are coordinated with related federal, state, and community efforts and resources.
In order to meet the expectations of the Alabama State Department of Education, the following prevention education weeks should be observed during this 2021-22 school year:
Suicide Awareness and Prevention Week will be observed during the week of September 6-10, 2021. This annual week-long campaign is designed to inform and engage health professionals and the general public alike about suicide prevention and the warning signs of suicide. The campaign strives to reduce the stigma surrounding the topic of suicide.
Red Ribbon Week will be observed during the week of October 25-29, 2021. Red Ribbon Week serves as a reminder for students to resist alcohol, drug, and tobacco use in their lives and communities.
Celebrate Kindness Week will be observed during the week of February 14-18, 2022. Hailed as the largest bullying prevention initiative across the United States, this celebratory week is designed to provide an ongoing dialogue with students about ways to challenge bullying and name-calling in schools.
National Youth Violence Prevention Week will be observed during the week of April 25-29,2022. The purpose of this week is to raise awareness and to educate all stakeholders on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth violence. During this week, students may be taught about conflict resolution, peer mediation, anger management, and promoting respect and tolerance.