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CHS Principal Addresses Drug Use, Vaping in School at Roundtable Event

Columbia High School Interim Principal Dr. Kalisha Morgan addressed the topic of in-school drug use and vaping at a Principal’s Roundtable meeting on February 6 at CHS.

One parent who attended reported that Morgan pointed out that the South Orange-Maplewood School District policy differed from the NJ Administrative Code but that the district and the school are working to update the SOMSD policy. Morgan also said the CHS was looking at additional programs and had requested additional resources to tackle the issue at CHS. Student Assistance Counselor Michael Loupis walked parents through the process of dealing with students under the influence of or in possession of alcohol or drugs (details from the NJ Administrative Code are attached below).

The Feb. 6 roundtable was the third in a series of five roundtables that Morgan is holding this school year; Roundtables were also held in October and December, with upcoming roundtables in April and June (see schedule below).

On Feb. 8, Dr. Morgan sent the following follow-up email to CHS families:

Dear Columbia High School Parents/Guardians:

At the Principal’s Roundtable on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, we held a discussion on the use of vapes among high school students and the school administrator’s responsibility on reporting substance abuse.  Attached to this email is the New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:16-4.3 that Mr. Michael Loupis, Student Assistance Counselor, referred to when he described what the responsibilities are for any staff member who suspects that a student is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Information regarding the use of vapes is also attached. We strongly suggest that you review these documents with your children.

I would like to thank all parents who attended on Wednesday evening and for your suggestions on how we, as a school community, can support our students. I would also like to thank those parents who could not attend but requested the information. Our next Principal’s Roundtable will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019.  We hope you can join us.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office or email me at [email protected]


Dr. Kalisha Morgan


1st Annual Columbia High School Principal’s Roundtable Series

Open to all CHS Parents and Community Stakeholders, where they set the agenda topics for discussion

Where: Columbia High School Cafeteria

When:  7pm-8pm on the following dates:

October  9, 2018 April 11, 2019
December 6, 2018 June 6, 2019
February 6, 2019

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