Student Services

District Student Services

Sheila  Hatfield
Student Services Specialist

Student Support

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  • Provides support on a daily basis for all students
  • Offers weekly support groups for students
  • Conducts conflict medications
  • Provides tutoring & mentoring programs
  • Menu of Service


Tobacco Education & Cessation Classes

Student Services at Mt Carmel:

  • Conducts presentations to ENS and homerooms
  • Assists students with developing an Anti-Tobacco Media Campaign
  • Attends tobacco education coalition meetings 
  • District Tobacco Use Prevention Education Site
  • Parent and Teen Support Group

Health & Safety

FYI Regarding Over-the-Counter Drugs - Educating Your Children

Although recent data on adolescent drug use appears encouraging, the practice of "pharming", or getting high on large doses of OTC drugs, is increasing.

One of the most popular OTC drug right now is dextromethorphan (DXM), a cough suppressant found in many old remedies including Robitussin, Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold, and Contac. DXM is perfectly safe at the recommended dosage, but at 10 times the recommended dosage it can act like PCP or heroin-inducing visions and hallucinations.

Overdoses can cause confusion dizziness, the inability to move limbs or to talk, slowed breathing and even death. Randall Bond, MD, Medical Director of the Drug and Poison Information Center blames most deaths on hallucinations and symptoms of intoxication that often put kids in harms way.

In addition to DXM there are other potentially dangerous OTC drugs: Nasal decongestants containing pseudoephedrine, the same stimulant found in methamphetamines; Antidarrheal medications containing loperamide, which can produce opiate-like effects; and antihistamines containing diphenhydramine, a potential hallucinogen at high doses.

Parents can take four steps to help protect their children from theses potentially dangerous (OTC) drugs:

  1. Talk frequently with their children about the risk involved. Kids who learn about drug risks at home are almost 50% less likely to try drugs.
  2. Watch for warning signs. Note any changes in behavior, new friends or extreme mood swings.
  3. Check the trash and look for empty packages of (OTC) drugs in rooms and backpacks.


Drug Abuse Prevention

Parent Education & Support

Student Services offers parent support in the following ways:





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