Health & Wellness

Randolph Parents Discuss Substance Abuse at School Events, Potential Problems and Preventative Action


RANDOLPH, NJ - After receiving parent input about the Sept. 1 alcohol incident through board meetings and correspondence, Superintendent Jenn Fano hosted a forum on Oct. 4 for potential problem analysis for future large-scale substance abuse situations.

The session attempted to answer the question, “what problems could arise if students are under the influence of substances at school events?” by predicting potential problems, listing likely causes and suggesting preventative or contingent actions.

At the Wednesday evening parent meeting, Fano opened by instructing the parents not to rehash past events but to reflect and look ahead to preventing future problems. Approximately 30 parents attended, several board members, and one Randolph High School student.

Sign Up for E-News

“We’re here to move forward,” said RHS Principal Debbie Iosso. “We’re here to reflect on what we can do better, and I don’t know if we’ll figure all of that out tonight, but hopefully we’ll be well on our way to that goal.”

Iosso and Fano clarified that educators legally can not make a judgment in the case of substance abuse, and the student must be sent out to a clinic for testing. One teacher at the meeting explained that behavior evidenced may not be related to substance abuse, but a diabetic reaction or anaphylactic shock, and teachers are not qualified to discern.

While many parents stated that qualified personnel need to be enforcing the no-bag-or-bottle policy at the entrance, Senior Class President Nate Pangaro added that communication needs to be clear when alcohol is found in the bleachers.

“What do we do once it’s in?” Pangaro said. “Personally, I’m not going to bring anything in, but I have a jacket that can easily hide, you know, a beer can.”

Parents agreed that students will break the rules if they feel they can get away with it.

Randolph parent Brian Hendrickson does not have a problem with the current policy, stating, “If my son is in a group that’s drinking, but he’s not, if you take the whole group out because you suspect [drinking] - you find bottles, you smell alcohol - I want to know that… Now I have three years to address this before my son is off in college… and I can’t address it.”

“Can we just say that something failed that night? Because these are things that have always been in place,” said one Randolph parent.

Iosso admitted that having a game before school started on a holiday weekend seemed like a great way to build school spirit for the new year when planning the calendar, but clearly did not work out as they hoped.

“Drinking for high school students will always be a challenge,” Hendrickson said. He appreciated the game before the school year started, because it gave his son an opportunity to get out in the community. "This started a great dialogue between him and I about what went on.”

Securing the perimeter of the football field, particularly the side toward the middle school, came out as a top priority in the discussion.

Suggestions for preventative actions included providing wristbands or a ticketing system to identify which students went through the security check, scheduling games on Saturday afternoons instead of Friday nights when possible, mandatory parent education and asking the hospital to send representatives to the school instead of flooding the local emergency rooms with students.

Iosso added that students will be involved in the policy process through focus groups and student government.

Another parent said her own children do not attend football games because “they know what goes on at the games.” She encouraged the administration by saying that more students might participate and attend if they know sufficient security is in place.

“We took these jobs because we wanted to educate kids, so when we look at teachers and say, ‘we want you to be security guards or stand at a ticket booth, or search backpacks,’ they’re not comfortable with that,” Iosso said. “I just hope the bottom line that people understand is that our actions were to protect your kids.”

Fano reminded all parents of the policy committee meeting on Oct. 17 at 5:30pm in the RHS Media Library.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Randolph Township Schools Officially Closed Wednesday March 21 Due to Impending Storm

March 20, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph Township Schools will be closed on Wednesday, March 21. The governor has declared a state of emergency for the fourth Nor'easter this season. I

t was determined at the Board of Education Meeting tonight that the schools will be closed tomorrow. 

April 5 and April 6  (From Spring Break) will now officially be make up days for the the ...

County College of Morris Performing Arts and Cultural Events Spring 2018 Season

March 16, 2018

APRIL 2018:

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Wednesday through Saturday, April 11-14
7:30 p.m., Saturday matinee 2 p.m. Student Community Center Dragonetti Auditorium

The Broadway Theatre is crumbling and closing! To pay homage, past performers of the “Weismann Follies” have gathered there for a reunion and final goodbye to the historic landmark. Journey through ...

Morristown Happenings: Things to do in Morristown this Weekend

March 10, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  It's been a rough week for residents due to power outages and storm related damages. Maybe a little distraction? Morristown has parades, dances, farmers markets, crafts, and much more this weekend.  


Friday March 9

Celebrate Dr. Seuss (rescheduled from 3/9); Morris County Library; Celebrity Readers from 3:30pm - 4:45pm

Morristown High ...

Randolph Police Blotter Includes Active Warrants in February

March 14, 2018

On January 31, 2018, Nicholas, Bernardo, age 19 of Rockaway, NJ was arrested during a motor vehicle stop by P.O. Greco on active warrants issued out of the Township of Randolph and the Boro of Rockaway. Mr. Bernardo was transported to the Randolph Police Department and processed. Mr. Bernardo was committed to the Morris County Correctional Facility in default of $1,300 bail.

On February 1, ...

Randolph Seniors Assist in Student-Led "March for Our Lives" to Take Place in Morristown, Mar. 24

March 21, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morristown and surrounding-area students are planning to participate in a movement called 'March for Our Lives' taking place on Saturday, March 24. Part of a nationwide movement to pass common-sense gun legislation in America, the students plan on gathering in several places across the state of New Jersey, including Morristown, Montclair, Maplewood, ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, March 21, 9:00 AM

Millbrook United Methodist Church, Randolph

Spring Rummage Sale, Millbrook United Methodist ...


Sat, March 24, 10:00 AM

Primrose School of Randolph, Randolph

Open House


Randolph Speech and Debate Team Attend Harvard Invitational

March 15, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Speech and Debate team drove up to Harvard to compete at the 44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament on February 16-19. Bringing in its largest group of students in years, – around forty competitors – the team was quite successful. 

The Harvard invitational is the largest forensics tournaments of the season, bringing in hundreds of teams ...

Randolph Recreation Wrestlers Shine at NJ Kids State Championships

March 15, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- 9 Randolph Rec Wrestlers qualified for the NJ Kid’s Wrestling Championship Wrestling Tournament this weekend.

With 12 Wrestling Mats and 1000+ Wrestlers, this 2 day event in Trenton is considered one of the toughest in the country.

"The results below are monumental for any program or club and are a testament to ...

Spring Break Make- Up Day Planning Suggestion to Randolph Board of Education and Administration

March 19, 2018

As a former school administrator, I was in charge of making the school’s yearly calendar. 

I worked with the staff to determine the calendar each March for the coming school year.

Each year we including a statement explaining specifically, the manner in which snow days (over 4) would be made up.  

This method of planning provides the students, families, and staff with ...

CCM Cultivates Women in the Field of Horticulture and Landscape

March 21, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ —Men primarily work in the fields of landscape, design and maintenance. Change agents in the field, Brian Oleksak, chair of the Department of Landscape and Horticulture Technology (LHT), County College of Morris (CCM), and Susan Cohan, adjunct professor, and other LHT faculty are spearheading efforts for women to take advantage of the many opportunities these industries can ...

President of Randolph Chamber of Commerce One of Many To Be Honored at the Boy Scouts of America 23rd Annual Morris County Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner

WHIPPANY, NJ- Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council will be honoring local community members at the Boy Scouts of America 23rd Annual Morris County Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner to be held on the evening of Thursday, April 19th at The Hanover Marriott in Whippany at 6:30 pm.  This year’s honorees are Reynaldo Caudillo, Bruce Jones, Michael Lupton, Ron Morano, Lou ...

Local Boy Scouts Invite Alumni to Gathering on March 19th

Were you a Cub Scout?  Did you earn the rank of Eagle Scout? Maybe you served as a volunteer at one point? Then this is the event for you.  All former Scouts and vounteers are welcome to attend the  Black River District Alumni Gatheirng. The event is hosted by the Patriots’ Path Council Alumni Committee and being held on Monday, March 19 at 7:00 pm at the Rockaway River Barn ...

Atlantic Health System’s Dr. Linda Gillam Recognized with American College of Cardiology’s Top Honor

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Linda D. Gillam, MD, MPH, FACC, the Dorothy and Lloyd Huck Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at Morristown Medical Center/Atlantic Health System, with the 2018 Gifted Educator Award.

The Gifted Educator Award is presented to a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology who has demonstrated innovative, outstanding ...

Health Alert: Child with Measles Traveled to Newark Airport on March 12

TRENTON, NJ — If you were at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday, March 12 between 12:45 and 9 p.m., you may have been exposed to measles and should contact your health care provider.

The N.J. Department of Health has issued a public health alert after a child with a confirmed case of measles — a highly contagious disease — arrived in Terminal B at Newark Liberty ...

National Student Walk Out: MCST Students Have Had #Enough

March 21, 2018

DENVILLE, NJ- On Wednesday March 14, nearly one million teenagers across the country stood up and walked out of school as part of a nationwide protest calling upon Congress to take action against gun violence. I am proud to have been one of them.

Undeterred by the small size of the school, my friends and classmates at Morris County School of Technology in Denville, NJ participated in the ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 13

On this episode of AtlantiCast, new clinical studies in the fields of cardiology and immunotherapy, national and statewide recognitions for Atlantic Health System medical centers and the inaugural AtlantiCast Collab Challenge!


National Student Walk Out: MCST Students Have Had #Enough

March 21, 2018

DENVILLE, NJ- On Wednesday March 14, nearly one million teenagers across the country stood up and walked out of school as part of a nationwide protest calling upon Congress to take action against gun violence. I am proud to have been one of them.

Undeterred by the small size of the school, my friends and classmates at Morris County School of Technology in Denville, NJ participated in the ...