Because of the increased evidence of drug abuse by America's young people, there is a need in Shelby County for drug education and awareness. This drug awareness and education includes the scope of the problem as well as the at-risk populations involved. Targets for this awareness and education are educators, legal and law enforcement officials, and the general community. Shelby County is not an isolated entity. Because the county is increasing in population to a greater degree than any other Alabama county and its citizens are making an adjustment from a basically rural to a cosmopolitan community, the pressures and stresses on the population of this county are even greater, thus making its citizens even more vulnerable to the drug abuse problem. Shelby County is at the crossroads of I-65, north and south, and I-459 which links I-59 and I-20, east and west. Drug transporting in any direction could go through Shelby County. School surveys conducted during past years show a high degree of alcohol/drug use and experimentation in grades 7-12.
We believe that the overall success of our prevention, violence, and intervention program has been centered on professional development workshops on peer helping, violence, at-risk behavior, prevention, intervention, and developing a drug free environment for students. Shelby County has a mandatory drug Screening Policy for all athletes, band, and cheerleaders, which helps students to say no to drugs and alcohol. The 2002 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Fund is allocated for use by local schools.
Shelby County Schools intends to distribute Title IV Funds for safe and drug free schools. If you have any questions about these funds please call Student Services at 682-7046.