School is out for the summer and teachers are now learning.
Teachers from around the region are discovering ways to tackle drug issues in school during the Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals event at Harding Elementary School on Tuesday.
The program presents teachers information about how to handle students who may be impaired in the classroom.
The event is hosted by the Pennsylvania State Police and welcomes teachers, school nurses, administrators and counselors from the Erie School District and surrounding districts to learn about the effects drugs have on the human body.
“Our goal is not to teach these teachers to pick them out or arrest them, our goal is early intervention,” said Corporal Scott Davis of the Pennsylvania State Police. “If we can steer them in the right path from the beginning, it’s less we will have to deal with in the law enforcement community in the long run.”
Teachers will be putting their knowledge to the test during the final session Wednesday with hands on demonstrations.