Ann Kane, PCSD Prevention Coordinator
Degrees and Certifications:
Ann Kane has her BS in Health Science and is a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor (CASAC). Prior to coming to Pittsford Central School District, she was a prevention coordinator for the Greece Schools. Before working in the school setting, she worked for 13 years at the Monroe County Health Department as a health educator/counselor.
Ann Kane, Prevention Coordinator
The District Prevention Coordinator serves as a resource to staff, students, and parents in the areas of alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use. Other responsibilities include the development and implementation of district substance abuse prevention programs and as a resource person to staff and parents on outside referrals to local treatment agencies. In addition, she coordinates the administration of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey given every two years in grades 6-12.
Substance use prevention is addressed through research based curriculum in 6th, 8th and 10th grade health classes. The coordinator also arranges pertinent speakers and delivers workshops to students, staff, and the community. The coordinator is a member of the 7-town Alliance which is a group of local school and community members. The alliance identifies current trends and work together in providing pertinent information and workshops for parents and school staff. She is also the student club advisor for the Reality Check club at both high schools.
Pittsford School Substance Abuse Prevention
Substance Abuse prevention programs in Pittsford Central School District are multifaceted. Components include information dissemination, communication, and intervention within the schools and community. The information dissemination piece provides informational brochures or articles available to families with updated Pittsford data, research findings, and prevention principles. She offers presentations at parent meetings, community groups and to school staff.
Communication with families, community agencies, staff, and administration is a critical element in connecting youth with needed professional services. Often the school is in a position to give families feedback about student behavior and make recommendations for obtaining professional help. An additional part of the communication process is fielding phone calls, and emails when parent or guardian have questions about what to do if they find drugs and/or drug paraphernalia on their child, or how to handle particular situations involving alcohol or other substances.
Intervention teams exist at all secondary schools. The goal of the intervention teams is to respond to patterns of behavior that may be consistent with substance use and/or mental health issues. The intervention occurs when a team member makes contact with a parent or guardian and shares information about student behavior and referral resources.
In addition to school-related prevention, the district’s Prevention Coordinator is actively involved with the Monroe County Prevention Alliance. This community group consists of area towns and school districts which develops initiatives for the prevention of underage drinking, other substance use and current trends. The alliance offers workshops, presentations and information for parents, guardians and school staff.