AODA Communication

AODA Communication
Posted on 04/24/2017
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      AODA COMMUNICATION

Dear Parents/Guardians,

During the middle school years of development,     students are continually engaged in defining their identity and constantly asking: “Who am I?” In many instances, students are challenging themselves with new and amazing experiences that further their development in a positive and productive manner. These instances allow us all to be proud of their growth as individuals.

However, we also know that there are instances of exploring and shaping individual identity that are unhealthy and counterproductive to positive adolescent development.

One such behavior is the exploration and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, and other substances. Recently, students have reported to staff members that they have heard others talk of substance use. Additionally, we have had two instances in which students were found to possess small quantities of marijuana at school.

When students are under the influence or in possession of Drugs or Other Substances at school, school consequences/actions may include any or all of the following:

  • In School/Out of School Suspension
  • Law Enforcement Involvement
  • Required Community-Based Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment
  • Required School-Based and Community-Based Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling
  • Subject to Random Searches of locker, person, backpack
  • Expulsion from School

Our main point in sending you this letter is to encourage you to talk to your child about the risks of alcohol and drug use and share your family expectations with them. Research says that children who have a conversation with a parent about the harm caused by alcohol and drugs are 50% less likely to use them than those who do not. Parent communication on this topic is crucial during the middle school years.

We would also like to provide you with resources to help to identify signs of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) use and to help to open the discussion with your child regarding the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use. Below and attachedare some resources for you to consider:

How to Identify if Your Child may be using Alcohol/Drugs or Other Substances

http://drugabuse.com/library/symptoms-and-signs-of-drug-abuse/

How to Discuss the effects of Alcohol/ Drugs or Other Substances with your child

https://www.morningsiderecovery.com/blog/a-parents-guide-to-talking-to-teens-about-drugs-and-alcohol/

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/marijuana-facts-parents-need-to-know/talking-to-your-kids-communicating-risks

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s counselor or administrator.

Mike Murphy Barbara James Rick Kisting
BRMS Principal BRMS Associate Principal CKCS Principal

AODA EMERGENCY NUMBERS.pdf


 

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