Lake Worth ISD Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities

Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (Title IV, Part A) provides state and local education agencies (LEA) with supplemental funding to develop and enhance education programs targeting violence prevention and drug prevention for students and employees in elementary and secondary schools. The Principles of Effectiveness require Lake Worth ISD to conduct a needs assessment, use research-based activities, establish performance measures and include meaningful and ongoing consultation with parents. This department administers the Title IV formula program.
The Lake Worth ISD Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities committee meets four times per year. To volunteer to serve on this committee please contact the Administration office: 817-306-4200
Internet Resources:

Click on any of the topics listed in alphabetical order to find links with more information.


Alcohol: The TexasThe Texas Department of Transportation provides a series of short videos on the dangers of drinking and driving. This link gives access to a portal to Federal resources on underage drinking. This site is made available by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Click on “Knowledge Assets” for “the latest research and policy implications of that research on alcohol, tobacco, and drug use.”

Bullying This site offers practical advice to students and parents about ways to respond to bullying at school. This site offers practical advice to students and parents about ways to respond to bullying at school. The Texas Attorney General’s Office offers information about cyberbullying, dating violence, and other safety issues.

A survey of middle school students' experiences with bullying shows that kids want the adults in school to pay attention and keep them safe.

Crime Information Texas crime statistics are available here annually through 2007. U. S. Department of Justice data through 2005 are available by national, state, county, and city by clicking in the right-hand menu.

Disciplinary Information At the top of the screen click on “A-Z Index”, then on the letter D, then on “Discipline, Law & Order.” Note items of particular interest in the left-hand menu: “Guide to Chapter 37” and “Discipline Data.” Click on “The State of Texas Children 2008-009” in the middle menu in this product of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Drug Abuse Information for parents and educators is available on this National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign's parent web site. Substance abuse trends in Texas are published every six months [January and June]. The Addiction Research Institute of the Center for Social Work Research at The University of Texas provides this excellent resource on Texas drug trends. This Center for Disease Control site compiles national drug use statistics.

Health & Safety in Schools site includes resources on the link between healthy students and academics. Available at this site is information regarding the Whole Child Approach to Education by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. The National Association of School Boards of Education supports the critical role of health and safety in student achievement.

Prevention The Texas Safe & Drug-Free Schools and Communities Statewide Initiative web site provides SDFSC specialists information and links to useful resources in the prevention of drug use and violence. This U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center site reports the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute (PPSI) at Iowa State University presentation to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Health Organization that substance abuse programs return $10 for every dollar invested in prevention. This site from the Texas Department of State Health Services provides an interactive map that allows you to click on a county to see the information on a contact’s name, address, email, and phone number at a Prevention Resource Center in your area. This is the address for the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) web site. The top menu provides access to multiple links by clicking “Issues”; or one may click the “School” icon in the left-hand menu to access School Violence Prevention. This site provides access to publications from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Their publication provide excellent scientifically based information on a multitude of topics related to the prevention of drug abuse.

Teaching Materials The Drug and Violence Education (DAVE) tool developed and maintained by Education Service Center 4 provides free resources to be used in the classroom. Classroom materials for teachers are provided free of charge from this Federal Resources for Educational Excellence web site. Topics include Substance Abuse and Health/PE.

Tobacco This site provides information on tobacco prevention and control. This site allows access to the weekly Morbidity and Mortality Reports from the Center for Disease Control.

Violence This site contains the most recent (2007) report of the Task Force on Community Prevention Services on “The Effectiveness of Universal School-Based Programs for the Prevention of Violent and Aggressive Behaviors.” This site allows access to the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention. In the top menu, click on “Trends in Violent Victimization by Age, 1973-2006” for an historical look at victims of violence in the U.S. Click on “Community Policing Topics” in top menu to find information on such topics as gangs, school safety, and underage drinking. Among its publications is the National Center for Educator Statistics provides Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2007. While supplies last, a single copy or CD-ROM may be obtained at no cost from ED Pubs. This Center for Disease Control and Prevention site gives excellent information on youth violence prevention.