Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Chasing the Dragon

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Memo Number
LS-21-017
Memo Date
10/4/2020
Memo Type
Informational
Unit
Learning Services
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NO
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Federal Programs; Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; Technology Coordinators; Teachers; Gifted & Talented Coordinators; Curriculum Coordinators; School Counselors; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster); Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators

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The Arkansas Department of Education is partnering with the Little Rock FBI Office, the Arkansas Drug Director’s Office, and many other state and local organizations to bring awareness to the opioid addiction crisis in Arkansas. School districts will have the opportunity again this year to participate in a statewide same-day viewing of "Chasing the Dragon,” a documentary developed by the FBI that highlights the opioid crisis and its impact on individuals, families, and communities.

The one-day showing will occur on Wednesday, October 28 during Red Ribbon Week. School districts who plan to show the video should register at http://arkaltedu.org/chasing-the-dragon/ by October 16. (The official invitation from the Little Rock FBI Office is attached.) Through invitation, local and state law enforcement officers are also available to attend a showing at the school to answer questions and provide information.

Red Ribbon Week Tips: Because of Department of Health guidelines regarding COVID-19, school districts will need to modify how they normally would show the video. Schools are encouraged to show the video via the district’s chosen digital platform. These same platforms can be used to encourage participation between local law enforcement, Red Ribbon Week guest speakers, and students.

Hashtag: Districts and schools are encouraged to post pictures of their Red Ribbon Week activities on their websites and social media using #ARRedRibbonWeek. Arkansas PBS also plans to launch a webpage with Red Ribbon Week resources. Stay tuned for more information, and be sure to follow ADE at the links below.

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