In the words of one of Orange's own students, “DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, where 6th graders learn to make good choices and not do anything we are not supposed to do. For example, Officer [Robert] Amarone teaches us not to smoke tobacco or smoke marijuana. We also learn about alcohol and not to have it since we are only 11-12 years old and you have to be 21 to drink alcohol.”
DARE is a curricular program for all Orange 6th graders. This school year, it will be taught by Officer Carolyn Bailey of the Orange Police Department. The curriculum provides students with up-to-date information about use, misuse, and abuse of prescription and non-prescription drugs, illegal drugs, inhalents, and alcohol and tobacco (which are illegal for students). The program also explores adolescent behaviors which contribute to substance use from peer pressure to media exploitation to experimentation to stress reduction.
The district has created a COVID 19 Dashboard that will be updated every Friday. This will include the most current number of staff and students who are quarantining due to being COVID positive or having had a close contact. This data is compiled by information families and staff share with our school nurses.
Please remember to contact your school nurse if:
- Your child is having key COVID-19 symptoms,
- Tested positive, or
- was exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19