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General Dropout Resources

School Emergency Management

  • Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center -  This website provides webinars and resources to enhance emergency operation plans
  • REMS Guide for Developing School Emergency Operations Plans
  • FEMA Courses - Each participant of the district/school safety team is encouraged to have taken FEMA online courses and have certificates of proof as a prerequisite. Safety team leader are asked to complete FEMA course 100, 362, and 700 prior to the trainings. Other safety team members are asked to complete FEMA course 100 prior to the trainings. It is encouraged all participants of each safety team complete all courses as they are great tools. It is estimated that the time commitment will be up to 3 hours. The courses range from an hour to three hours depending on experience level with the subject matter. These courses are free of charge and participants are able to complete them at their own pace.
  • Building Blocks to School Safety (PDF) - A toolkit for schools and districts.

Substance Abuse-Marijuana

The Colorado Department of Education has collected K-12 public school drug-related disciplined incidents since the 2000-2001 school year.

The following resources may be helpful to educate school staff, students, parents, and the broader public about the dangers of substance abuse. Information includes how using drugs may impede learning and undermine student achievement.

Understand the Big Deal: How Marijuana Harms Youth

Fact Sheet – two pages, 8 ½” x 11”

Brochure – four pages, folded 11” x 17” (can print two 8 ½” x 11” pages front and back)

  • Includes information regarding how marijuana affects the growing adolescent brain, behaviors of which marijuana is a risk factor, the rise in THC levels and why it’s addictive, how marijuana undermines student learning, what contributes to marijuana use, how to help prevent drug use and dependence in children (general), and warning signs of a worsening problem.

 The Effects of Marijuana on the Teen Brain

  • Includes presenter notes that further explain charts and graphs, data, and negative consequences of youth use of marijuana.