Chinook's Edge to put Naloxone kits in schools

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
October 12, 2017 - 3:44pm

The Chinook’s Edge Board of Trustees is pursuing putting Naloxone kits in schools.

Naloxone is the number one treatment for opioid overdoses, namely fentantyl.

Superintendent Kurt Sacher insists there have been no issues whatsoever to this point with needles on or near school grounds, nor in any other way related to fentanyl being on school property.

“We're doing this purely as a precautionary step that we think over time will become necessary,” he says. "We definitely need to create more awareness for all of our staff relative to the potential for fentanyl to exist."

Sacher adds there are a number of ways a person could potentially be exposed to fentanyl.

“It just takes such a small amount of the substance. We just want to be prepared," he says.

A detailed strategy for staff training and education is currently in development, in conjunction with the division’s insurance specialists.

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The board also approved the district's 2018-2021 capital plan at its recent meeting.

Topping the priority list is a 250 student classroom addition and expansion of of the existing gym at Carstairs Elementary School.

Second is an addition to Jessie Duncan School in Penhold, followed by a modernization at H.J. Cody in Sylvan Lake, a modernization at Olds Elementary, and a new elementary school in Penhold

A detailed report is available HERE.

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The board also took time to review bus route timelines, which are approaching maximum ride times in some communities.

They say funding shortfalls are to blame because they force each bus to be filled for maximum efficiency. This practice adds to ride times in some cases.

Trustees agreed they will continue lobbying efforts to ensure adequate provincial funding to support the distance challenges faced by a larger rural school division.

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