The Government of Canada will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to cannabis on October 17, 2018.
We welcome all parents and guardians to join us on November 5th, 6:30pm at Foothills Composite High School for the meeting of Council of School Councils (COSC), where Alberta Health Services will be providing an information evening on this topic.
Foothills School Division prohibits the possession and/or consumption of cannabis products of any kind or the possession of paraphernalia associated with the consumption of cannabis by any person on Division properties and at any Division activities or events. This provision supersedes any municipal bylaw, provincial or other law that may allow for the legal possession or consumption of cannabis in a particular venue or by persons over 18 years of age. Additionally, all FSD schools and properties remain smoke-free environments. This includes smoking, vaping, and other forms of inhalants.
Your child’s safety and wellness is a top priority for us at Foothills School Division and recognize we need to work together in ensuring this.
With the legalization of cannabis, Foothills School Division, in collaboration with Alberta Health Services, is providing our children, youth and families with required supports and education to keep our kids safe. The current Kindergarten to Grade 9 (K-9) Health and Life Skills program of studies and high school Career and Life Management (CALM) program of studies enable students to make well-informed, healthy choices and to develop behaviours that contribute to the well-being of self and others. However, with the legalization of cannabis, it is important that we work together to prevent and/or delay the initiation of cannabis use by youth and to promote healthy decision making.
Youth are especially vulnerable to the effects of cannabis because brain development is still occurring until about age 25. Cannabis use can lead to problems that impact memory, learning, attention, judgement and decision making. Proper education about cannabis and substance abuse, and equipping your child with the skills and competencies to make responsible decisions is a crucial preventative measure.
We, together, are uniquely positioned to equip students and your child with credible, accurate information about cannabis.
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