The Northshore School District conducted their first regular meeting of the year Monday, January 8. The President of the board, Sandy Hayes began by welcoming superintendent Michelle Reed to the floor to present her report. Reed began by thanking the support service and staff that helped keep the schools in tip-top shape while faculty and students were away on winter break. Reed shared that she was recently able to hear former Syracuse professor Dr. Julie Causton talk about her research regarding inclusion in the classroom. “Disability is a diversity,” said Reed. Reed explained that she learned much about inclusion and pragmatic ways to boost inclusivity for students that struggle with disabilities.
Carrie McKenzie, president of the Northshore Council PTSA addressed the council beginning with Advocacy Month and the many events that it consists of this January. McKenzie would like to invite any interested parents for a viewing of the film, Screenagers, with a discussion to follow at Skyview Middle School, Wednesday, January 17 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. McKenzie explained that legislatures will be listening to their constituents and creating bills for about the next two months. McKenzie invited everyone to come to Focus Day to talk with legislatures to help voice some of the Northshore School systems largest and most important concerns.
Karina Vile, a mother of two in Northshore School District, is working on a legislative issue. “Narcans for Schools bill is what we like to call it,” stated Vile. Naloxone, commonly sold under the brand name Narcan, is used to treat overdoses of opioids in emergency situations. The bill has recently been renamed to House Bill 2390 Narcan for Public Schools regulating opioid medications at educational institutions. This is a clarification of rules update because the existing bill has become out of date. This bill would allow teachers and other trained volunteers to administer Narcan on a school site. It would no longer require any kind of authorization from a physician, parent, or prescription bottle or box for someone to assist a student that is overdosing. “These are different times,” explained Vile, “I am doing this without the Parent and Teacher Association, at this time, so I am doing this as an independent project. I wanted to make that clear.” Vile is hopeful to pass this bill in the next 60 days.
To learn more about Dr. Julie Causton’s methods and research for inclusivity in the classroom please visit inclusiveschooling.com
For more information on Northshore PTSA advocacy please visit northshorecouncilptsa.org/advocacy