April 25, 2018
Dear Parents and Legal Guardians of Students in Grades 7 and 9,
In compliance with MGL Chapter 71, Section 96 and 97, North Middlesex Regional School District will be conducting verbal screenings of students in grades 7 and 9 related to the use of alcohol, marijuana and other substances. The goal of this program is to let students know that we are available to reinforce healthy decisions and to assist them in obtaining support if needed for substance use related problems.
The Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program screening process will be incorporated into our annual state mandated screening program. All screenings will be conducted confidentially by our school nurses in private one-on-one sessions. The district will utilize the CRAFFT II screening tool, which is the most commonly used substance screening tool for adolescents in Massachusetts.
Students who are not using substances will have their healthy choices reinforced by the screener. The screener will provide brief feedback to any student who reports using substances, or who is at risk for future substance use. If needed, we will refer students to our counseling staff for further evaluation. This program focuses on harm prevention and will not result in disciplinary action. Results of the screening will not be included in your students’ school record. The screening is voluntary, and students may choose not to answer any or all of the screening questions.
As with any school screening, you have the right to opt your child out of this screening. Click here to download the opt out form. If you decide not to have your child participate in the verbal screening, you will need to send the completed opt-out form to the nurse at your child’s school. You can also contact your child’s nursing office with any questions.
Nissitissit will conduct screenings on May 15.
Superintendent of Schools