A drug sweep was conducted Monday at Marticville Middle School. The following is a statement to parents regarding the activity:
The Penn Manor School District firmly believes in and works hard to provide a safe and secure learning environment for your child. As one facet of providing safety and security for our students, we have taken measures to prevent illegal drugs from being present in our schools. Within our curriculum, we provide anti-drug, tobacco and alcohol instruction. The district also has a drug screening program that is mandatory for high school students who are involved in co-curricular activities. The program is voluntary for all other students, including those students in grades 7 and 8.
On November 18, 2013, the district took an additional step to provide for a drug-free environment. With the support of Southern Regional Police Department, a search of all lockers, restrooms and locker rooms was conducted with the use of drug-detection canines. The school was placed in a modified lockdown. Students and staff were informed of the search and instructed to remain in their classrooms.
Our hope is that students continue to be part of the solution in helping to make our schools safe places to learn by reporting any drug use to an adult; the use of the drug-detection canines adds an additional element of security for all students and adults at Marticville Middle School. Your support of our endeavors adds to ensuring a safe school.
Christine Santaniello, Marticville Middle School Principal
Dr. Michael Leichliter, Superintendent of Schools