SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ With an expansion of the Access to Excellence policy at the schools underway, the school committee discussed its progress so far as it is adapted to the middle school and overall student population at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
The Access to Excellence policy was established to set forth the school committeeâ€™s support of state and federal laws and regulations governing the possession and use of alcoholic beverages and illicit drugs by South Kingstown school student athletes. The policy also sets forth the committeeâ€™s expectations in the event that use or possession occurs on or off school property, at a school event or as part of school athletic programs.
Partnership for Preventionâ€™s Eileen Stone met with the school committee to discuss the Access to Excellence committeeâ€™s efforts in expanding the policy to the entire school population and not just student athletes. As part of educating students, a survey is administered to address studentsâ€™ attitudes toward drugs and alcohol.
Stone said the committee, which has met over the course of the school year recognizes that the policy is an athletic policy and needs to be adjusted to fit to activities that are grade based and the band and drama program, which has upwards of up to 60 students involved.
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