District News

  • Burke County Board of Education Meeting Board of Education Public Notice Tuesday, January 17, 2017 6:00 PM The Burke County Board of Education will have a work session on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 6 ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2017, 9:31 AM by Bcps Bcps
  • BCPS and Chartwells launches a new dinner program Burke County Public Schools and Chartwells K12 will launch a brand-new dinner program on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Mountain Crest Elementary School, located at 201 Tennessee St., Morganton.  The ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2017, 5:46 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Reminders for inclement weather procedures             Communication between school and home is a priority for Burke County Public Schools, especially during periods of inclement weather. Burke County Public Schools uses a variety of means to notify ...
    Posted Jan 6, 2017, 10:46 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Schools launch fourth annual food drive         Burke County Public Schools is gearing up the fourth annual Souperintendent’s Souperbowl Canned-Food Drive Jan. 9 through Feb. 6. Collection barrels can be found at all 28 Burke ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2017, 1:49 PM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • BCPS receives Golden LEAF grant for technology  Project DETAIL (Digital Education Teaching and Individualized Learning) -- an initiative by Burke County Public Schools -- has received support from the Golden LEAF Foundation in the form of a $200,000 ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2016, 11:11 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Gladden recognized as finalist Icard Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Andrea Gladden was among the education superstars the State Board of Education recognized on Dec. 1. Gladden is a 2016 NC Finalist for the ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2016, 8:37 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Superintendent Putnam receives doctorate degree             Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Larry Putnam has received his Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.) from Appalachian State University. Putnam successfully defended his dissertation “A Case Study on the ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2016, 8:33 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
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Monday, Jan. 16 remains a holiday for BCPS in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The scheduled teacher workday on Jan. 23 is now a make-up day and school will operate on a normal schedule on Jan. 23.     


The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is a working partnership between the schools and the community to help BCPS students grow into healthy and productive adults by focusing on the whole school, whole community, whole child model, understanding that health and academic success go hand in hand.  Each month SHAC will be bringing you a topic of the month.

January Topic:
National Drug and Alcohol Facts
Millions of Americans suffer from substance abuse, which includes underage drinking, alcohol dependency, non-medical use of prescription drugs, abuse of over-the-counter medications, and illicit drug use. 

  • Nearly two-thirds of middle school and high school aged youth know people around their age who have tried alcohol.
  • The average age that most youths try alcohol for the first time is just 14. 
  • Thirty-eight percent of eighth graders have had alcohol at least once.
  • About 10 percent of 12 year olds say they have tried alcohol. By age 15, that number jumps to 50 percent.
  • Most persons who will ever initiate the use of cigarettes, alcohol, or tobacco have already done so by the time they are 20-25 years old.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 20 million Americans aged 12 or older used an illegal drug in the past 30 days. This estimate represents 8 percent of the population aged 12 years or older. Illicit drugs include marijuana, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or prescription drugs used without a prescription.

  • 75 percent of new users of prescription pain killers are under age 25.
  • 75 percent of heroin users abused prescription medications.
  • 38 percent of new users are under the age of 18. 
The most commonly used and abused drug, after alcohol, is marijuana. Each year more teens enter addiction treatment with a primary diagnosis of marijuana dependence than all other illegal drugs combined. Other common drugs of abuse include cocaine, heroin, inhalants, LSD (acid), MDMA (ecstasy), methamphetamine, phencyclidine (PCP), steroids (anabolic), Vicodin, OxyContin and other prescription drugs. 

All abuse substances share one thing in common. They hijack the normal function of the brain and change the way the brain responds to issues of self-control, judgment, emotion, motivation, memory and learning. 

Substance abuse touches all aspects of our communities and contributes to an estimated $193 billion in crime, health, and lost productivity costs. 

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