KEWASKUM — A student anti-drug campaign was presented to the Board of Education and community members Monday evening during a regularly scheduled board meeting.

Students from Kewaskum High School presented their anti-drug campaign, the same as what was given before a group gathered last week for a county roundtable discussion on heroin and the drug epidemic. Prevention was a highlight of the discussion and was included in the students’ presentation.

Afterward, one board member posed the question of protecting students.

Board member Mark Sette said addressing hemp and cannabis is a question for legislators because things are challenging with changing legislation.

Sette noted that there is no age requirement for CBD (cannabidiol) possession. Administration does not want cannabidiol in schools, but it is difficult to enforce, Sette said.

“There are a lot of loose ends with this, and in my opinion, some of those are steps towards a path that, at least in my opinion, we probably shouldn’t be going down,” Sette said. “This is a tricky subject and just like it’s tricky for law enforcement, it is tricky for schools as well.”

It is a mess now, he said, with what is going on in the state surrounding hemp and CBD. Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid, one of more than 100, including THC, found in cannabis plants, but with no psychoactive effects. It is frequently used medicinally and has recently become legal to obtain without a physician’s certification.

“The ways the laws have come down don’t always reflect how we feel in the schools,” Sette said. “With cannabis legalized in other states and being strongly considered for legalization in Wisconsin, this is something we need to talk about.”

The board also discussed reading and writing after a short presentation gave updates on predominantly younger students in Kewaskum schools. The district focuses on whole group discussion using the reading and writing workshop model, but intervention is given to those students who need specialized help.

Some intervention includes sound boxes, incremental rehearsal, multi-sensory spelling, supported cloze, pencil tapping, repeated reading for fluency, paragraph shrinking, graphosyllabic analysis and reciprocal teaching for comprehension.

“I like to see that we are on the cutting edge of literacy, which I think is reflected in the testing scores we’ve seen,” Sette said.

Not all students are scoring high, but some have had a learning disability identified. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction informed districts statewide dyslexia should be included in special education. Teachers in Kewaskum have been equipped to assist students who struggle with phonics and to get those who may be dyslexic the necessary medical examination.

Board member Timothy Ramthun asked how students with dyslexia were given special attention, and was informed they receive help outside of school after being diagnosed by a medical provider. They are categorized as impaired students. Ramthun asked if the district knew how many students had dyslexia, but was told there was not a specific categorical count of students experiencing different learning disabilities.

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