🐾Principal's Letter -May 5th 2022 - Opioids and Substance Abuse Prevention
Posted on 06/03/2022
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Bolles 2017
Dr. Elliot Bolles, Ed.D 
[email protected]


May 3, 2022

Dear PENN Parents and Guardians:

The safety and security of our students and staff is our number one priority. In her letter to the community on Friday, April 29, the PWCS Superintendent shared information concerning the recent drug-related deaths of students in Prince William County. The Prince William County Police has issued an alert that the deaths appear to be connected to counterfeit forms of the drug Percocet laced with fentanyl.

The opioid crisis impacts individuals of varying age, gender, race, and income. It is important that families have awareness of the dangers of these drugs and speak with your children about it.

As part of this education effort, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, PWCS will be hosting a special Family Engagement Series session called “Substance Abuse-Let’s Talk About It.” This virtual event will provide our parents and other caring adults with the tools needed to start conversations with our students. You may register for this virtual session and review other helpful resources, including signs of drug and alcohol abuse, at our Substance Abuse Prevention webpage. The session will be recorded and shared on this webpage by Monday, May 9.

If you have concerns about your child, or your family, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Contact 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for assistance. SAMHSA also has a treatment locator available on their website. In addition, you may also reach out to our school for support.

Thank you for your continued support as we work together to keep our students safe and healthy.


Elliot F. Bolles,